Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Day 10 of Advent - "Be on guard"

Day 10 of Advent
Tuesday in 2nd Week of Advent

Psalm 26
Psalm 28
Isa. 5:13-17, 24-25
1 Thess. 5:12-28
Luke 21:29-38

After a great Bible Study today with some wise people from church I was thinking all day about the theme of patience that many of the readings of Advent have, as contrasted (perhaps) with the urgency of asking God to stir up his power, so that God's Kingdom might enact here on earth.  How do we live in expectation when so much work needs to be done?  And, how do we balance the patience with the work that we are called to do?  Here, is where discernment and prayer and theological reflection must do their work.  We must pray for patience AND urgency.  We must pray for rich expectation, and also deep action.  We must pray that we might find a way through that emphasizes BOTH a spirit of patience and a spirit of God-filled action.

Jesus reminds us in Luke 21 that we need to "be on guard" so that we won't be "weighed down" with "the worries of this life."  God does not leave us to face our challenges alone, God does not leave us out on an island where we have to carry all the worries of this life.  God will provide for us, we may have to be patient, but God will provide.  So, we pray to "be on guard," to be patient and wait with holy expectation as we get busy to help enact the kingdom.

~The Rev. Peter M. Carey

Luke 21: 33-34
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. 34' Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly.


The Rev. Peter M. Carey Associate Rector

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