How we need to hear those words and hold them close to us in these troubled and confusing times! They speak to us and belong to us as surely as to those who first wrote them.
- The psalmist reminds us that The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy!
- Baruch offers the assurance that God is leading Israel in joy by the light of his glory, with his mercy and justice for company.
- And Luke proclaims: The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
The ever-widening circle that is our life and the life of the world draws us toward its Center, the one true Source of all that is good and holy and is Love itself. That is the linearity, the one true path to which all are called and welcomed.
As we move into Advent we are called to listen, something we seldom take time to do in this frenetic world of over-activity. But waiting for birth, waiting for death – these are listening times, when the normal distractions of life have lost their power to take us away from God’s call to center in Christ. Advent is not a time to declare, but to listen, to listen to whatever God may want to tell us through the singing of the stars, the quickening of a baby, the gallantry of a dying man.