Amid the gloomy, nightly newscasts which numb our senses, we hear Advent’s transforming invitation, “Awake, O Sleeper!” This four week pre-Christmas season softens our hearts with its message of hope and peace in the midst of our war-torn world. The Advent invitation is to take up God’s call to incarnate compassion, peace and justice.
We live in abiding hope that one day peace will reign on earth. Advent offers us the opportunity to actively strive to live as peace-filled persons. We are called to become like Jesus, the embodiment of Peace.
"Blessed is the God of Heaven and Earth who gives us the bread of hope when we are in despair.
For too long we have been lulled to sleep, our senses numb from fears of war,
terrorism, pestilence, scarcity, global warming, danger lurking everywhere,
on every newscast, on every TV screen and radio call-in show.
Sleepers, awake. Look around and see.
God is doing a new thing like a spider’s web wove in the dark, coaxing out the best in us, calling forth people in our midst to manifest the courage to lead, being the change we seek, showing us through small victory after small victory the wisdom of compassion, the strength of listening, the joy of practicing respect, the valiance of peace, the blessing of mercy.
The day is coming as a child being born in Bethlehem, bringing to birth a new era, a new dawn.
All you who walk in the land, have faith and live in hope.
O taste and see that our God is good. Give thanks and praise to God who leads us on with stars and angels and carol song.
O Blessed is the God of Heaven and Earth."
By Ray McGinnis www.writetotheheart.com An Advent Psalm by Ray McGinnis was originally written for Gifts in Open Hands, edited by Maren Tirabassi and Kathy Wonson Eddy, published by The Pilgrim Press, 2011. Copyright @ 2011. Ray McGinnis retains copyright for this material. It is reprinted with permission of the author and cleared for use in worship.
Sisters Jean Moylan and Nancy Wales