Deacon’s Message (December 2017)
Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. — Mark 13:33
Grace and peace to you in this month of watching and waiting!
December is a busy time of the year. Many of us spend time decorating our houses, trimming our Christmas trees, baking, buying presents and wrapping presents, partying and caroling and gathering with friends and family. The time can pass so quickly, as we keep ourselves busy with all these activities that are meant to spread some holiday cheer. It can be easy to forget the deeper meaning of this season.
The liturgical season of Advent offers us the opportunity to slow down, even in the middle of the holiday festivities. Advent is a short – only 4 Sundays long – yet powerful season for those of us who are watching and waiting for the birth of Jesus. During Advent, we mark the time before Christmas by lighting an additional candle on the Advent wreath each week. We spend time in prayer and contemplation, experiencing the awe and wonder that comes with the expectation and hope that Christ is, indeed, the Word made Flesh, the saving Word of grace and truth and light.
And, so, we wait…
…for the Christ child to be born…among us…within us…
- to come into our world
- to come into our hearts
- to fill our hearts with love
- to fill our lives with peace
and we watch…
…for glimpses of God’s presence…coming close to us…here…now…
- in the word of compassion, shared with someone who is sick
- in the kindness of a stranger, in the middle of the crowded mall
- in the joy of buying gifts, for those who are in need
- in the glow of the Advent candles
- in the silence of prayer and contemplation
We will have multiple opportunities this Advent season to wait and watch together:
- Time for Taizé chant and silent prayer will be offered by St. Andrew’s, from 7:30-8:30 p.m., on December 6, 13, and 20.
- Time for Advent Evening Prayer will be offered by the Lutheran Church of Framingham, from 7:00-7:30 p.m., on December 13 and 20.
Mark your time well. Join us for prayer when you can and as often as you can. Watch. Wait.
The time will come. Christ will come.
to God be the glory!