Hebrews 1:1-4: "Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs."
In these days—now, today, tomorrow, December 2020—God speaks to us by his Son, Jesus Christ. Do you hear God speaking? Do you hear the sounds, see the reflection of God’s glory in your daily life, in your home, in your work, in your school, in your church, in your community?
See God’s love in the joy of people of all ages gathering around their screens to share in the Circles, in Wired Word, in “Guess who is Coming to Dinner,” and in the virtual meetings necessitated by the pandemic. Catch the sounds of the Spirit’s breath as you listen to the organ, to the voices of singers, and to the pastors proclaiming at our broadcast worship. Follow the smells of God’s care as Hot Meals delivers food to the homeless in our city. Feel the sustenance of God’s power as the congregation shares its bounty and time to sustain the Hypothermia program during this pandemic. Discover the joy of the creative Word as our congregation works to build 10 homes for those who are inadequately housed. Exult in the acts of kindness that you witness as those around you share their goodness with others, with you. This is Advent in today’s world--not just anticipating God to intervene with a new act of salvation. Advent is anticipating how we can show the world in the day ahead of us how we can demonstrate to the world around us that Jesus is born and living amid everyday life. The world is waiting for us, the church to act.
Long ago God spoke to the generations before us. He still speaks to us in the acts of love, care, and sustenance that we the Church, the present Body of Christ, show to our world around us. We are and can be the reflection of God’s glory. Thanks be to God!
Prayer: Gracious God help me to catch glimpses of Jesus today, tomorrow, every day in the caring acts of others. May I hear his kindness offered by those around me so that I am moved to reflect God’s glory, God’s imprint on my life. In the empowering name of Jesus, the Christ. Amen.