Psalm 122: 8
Advent is a time of looking forward to the joy of the birth of Jesus. Yet somehow we manage to dilute or even lose that joy as we find ourselves struggling when we hear the never-ending news stories on television and on social media about local, national, and world problems. There seems to be discord among nations, leaders, neighbors, and even family members. It makes us feel that there is nothing we can do to facilitate reconciliation. Can there be peace? Can we have peace within us? When we look at those around us, we can see their frustrations and desire for peace. Perhaps if we look deeper we may recognize Christ in them. “Only when we live and see through God’s eyes can “everything belong.” (Richard Rohr)
As we come away to meditate and pray, we deepen the relationship that enables us to see Christ in others. There is a story of a man who daily around noontime would come to a downtown church in Chicago and sit in the church for a good amount of time. The pastor of the church noticed him on many occasions, so he was stirred to ask him the question of what does he do each day, or perhaps what does he pray for so faithfully. The man said so simply: "I look at Him and He looks at me." Peace.
Let us pray:
Spirit of peace and love, help us to see Christ in those around us. Grant us reconciliation, wholeness, and peace in this Advent season. Amen.
Bethlehem Lutheran Church