Advent Devotion – Tuesday December 4
The Rev. Mylinda Baits, Global Consultant for Training using the Restorative Arts, International Ministries ABCUSA.
We’re invited to the home we long for
“1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
12 Teach us to number our days,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
13 Relent, Lord! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.” (New Revised Standard Version – NRSV)
Imagining the Lord as our dwelling place, our longed for home, gives us the sense that we are invited this Advent to receive and offer radical hospitality. Recognizing that we are welcomed, received and protected by the God of the universe who encompasses all time, allows us to offer welcome and receive the gifts of all who come to us. The visitor, the stranger, the other, like the Christ child has gifts to offer us if we can open our hearts to see them.
John O’Donohue wrote this intriguing line in his Blessing for a New Home:
“May you have the eyes to see
That no visitor arrives without a gift
And no guest leaves without a blessing.”
As we number our days, conscious of the frailty of life and the gift that each day, each minute, each breath is, let us offer blessings of joy and gratitude to each one we encounter this week. Be it in our homes, offices, neighborhoods or global communities, may our song, smile, gratitude and blessing be evident so that our friends feel like family and our families feel like friends.
Gracious God, we give thanks for the grace you extend to us. Your acceptance of us as individuals created in your image is too marvelous for us to behold. Forgive us for sullying your image. May your Spirit enable us to be part of creating a new community of faith in these days. Amen.