Beloveds of God,
May these words be in your heart today:
You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding.
You are peace and joy and light.
You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage,
a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow,
a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion.
You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth;
the greatest peace and the grandest love.
You are these things. And in moments of your life
you have known yourself as these things.
Choose now to know yourself as these things always.
Arms of Prayer,
Reaching out to bless the world in peace.
This my heart knows
as it silently recites the sacred whisper God bestows.
Hushed, in solemn splendour of an awe-filled realm,
the Spirit touches deep
to tell the soul of loveliest grace and mercy given onto thee.
There is no sorrow now among this distant sea
where white wings send the breath prayers back to God.
This altar of Divine bliss sweetens any darker thought
into a song;
In praise the temple of this space resounds.
O Holy Soul that might be given such depth
of majesty to behold;
Stand in the shadow for too much is Light:
The Radiance streameth on,
and you are kept upon the earth
to wonder at its brilliant sight.
I sit now in the silence as the darkness turns to light,
aware that this new day shall now begin.
Into the quiet stillness your Spirit calls to me: “Arise!
For you are meant for greatness on this day.”
I humbly bow in reverence to accept the tasks you’ve given,
in honor I shall serve you to the end.
Through your power and your glory
we shall live in one accord;
with mercy freely given, graciously.
May your will be done – – –
Your kingdom come to all throughout the world,
that love and peace shall reign upon the earth.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.
~ Isaiah 9:2
Although these words of Isaiah were written thousands of years ago, they are still relevant today. They remind us that people have always been aware of the dark side of humanity in which terror, fear, and uncertainty for one’s survival has been present. Some have a doomsday mentality and think that all is lost. Some say: “Well, this world doesn’t really matter anyway. Our goal is to get to heaven.”
Beloved friends, could you look deep into the ancient words and discover that our world does matter to God? It does matter that people are oppressed. It matters that there are people working to restore human love and dignity. It matters that we care for creation with tender compassion and not abuse. This Advent season is a time to reflect upon a God that says that what happens here really does matter.
The Advent season is a time of preparation to receive the God who says we matter. When we take an honest look at what is happening in the world today, we cannot help but see it as a time of darkness in which we long for light to come. We sing the words: O come, O come, Emmanuel – – Emmanuel meaning God with us. We long for the God of great compassionate love who comes to be among us and live in us and through us and as us.
This is the promise of Christmas; this is the Hope to which we are called:
that the God who says we matter came to earth as a child born in Bethlehem to shine the light that we too may live as “little Christs”, living with the help of God’s Presence with us every day.
Arise, shine, for your light has come ~ ~ ~ Jesus is the Light of the world, and so are we! Let your light so shine.
A link that goes deeper into this theme, by C.S. Lewis:
“I may not sorrow for I saw the light,
Tho’ I shall walk in valley ways for long,
I still shall hear the echo of the song,—
My life is measured by its one great height.
Joy holds more grace than pain can ever give,
And by my glimpse of joy my soul shall live.”