Advent is a time of preparation and waiting. But when I try to write about Advent all I can think of is, why are we waiting for someone who is already here?
The presence of God, the Divine, the Infinite, whatever words you are comfortable with, is all and in all. In Him we live and move and have our being.
If we stopped waiting for someone to come rescue us and instead could see that spark of the divine in all of creation, how the world could change. We might stop destroying the planet. If we could learn to see God not only in ourselves, but in our neighbors and even our enemies, there might even be an outbreak of peace.
Things will not change overnight, but it has to start somewhere. Why not let it start with you and me?
I spent many years wrestling with what it meant to be called by God. What seemed like the obvious step of entering the “professional” ministry did not work for me. I was young, naïve and wanted to change the world. I learned the hard way organized religion isn’t so much about change as protecting what is.
Never in my wildest imagination did I dream my ministry would be encouraging folks to think positive thoughts, connect with the presence of God within and eat their vegetables. But it’s a good fit and I am glad that certain well laid plans of younger days didn’t play out.
When God calls, don’t hang up. Listen carefully with an open mind and be prepared for wherever the road may lead.
“Let’s dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us.” Henri Nouwen