Here I stand, knocking at the door.
If anyone hears me calling and opens the door,
I will enter his house and have supper with him,
and he with me.
Revelation 3: 20 (NAB)
Advent is here–a time of waiting, of anticipation for the coming of God-with-us, Emmanuel. I have always relished this season of the liturgical cycle and embrace it as characterizing my own personal spirituality–that sense of emptiness waiting for completion.
Right now, I’m muddling my way through the book of Revelation, the apocalyptic book that is the least read and least understood book of the New Testament. This morning I read Chapter Three and the thought occurred to me–what use is study if it’s purpose is anything but to bring us into communion with Christ.
And what better verse to savor, to sit back and absorb, than the one above–one of the few from this book that has held meaning for me in the past. For me, today, on this Sabbath, this is an invitation to remember the presence of God in whatever I do. God was with/in me as ate breakfast, cleaned up the kitchen, checked e-mail, cared for the dogs. Here he is, now, as I write this post. (Actually his Spirit is the inspiration behind it.)
In my prayer, I’ve never been good at the type of meditation recommended by St. Ignatius Loyola where he has you plop yourself down in the middle of a gospel scene and allow your senses to experience everything going on in it. Just not my style, though many find it helpful. But today, it is making a lot of sense to me to visualize him here with me, leaning over my shoulder as I write. Hmmm! I wonder if he would enjoy watching a little football later today.
Isn’t Advent about just this? The coming of God in our midst–Jesus’ willingness to take on humanity and experience that which we experience–physically, emotionally, and intellectually?
I wish you a blessed Advent. Let’s invite Emmanuel in to share everything. Everything.
Beautiful meditation here…so glad i stopped to read and see the glory shining thru… the photo and your words 🙂
Happy Advent to you too, Victoria. We lit the first advent candle at church yesterday…the candle of hope. I think it would be good to think about the theme of each candle for the week, so this week I will be thinking about HOPE. Then next week I will concentrate on PREPARATION. I do like the verse you quoted above…and I admire you for going through Revelations.
I shared an advent poem at Open Link…it is short…I don’t think you saw it: http://inthecornerofmyeye.blogspot.com/2014/11/advent.html
My team, the 49’ers already bombed against Seattle. So, it will be just for the fun and relaxation of watching them beat up on each other. Good grief.
There are four Sundays in Advent. As a child each one brought Christmas closer. It is a blessed time for us, to reflect on why we stop and celebrate this time with such enthusiasm and joy.
You have provided me with a great meditation today Victoria, thank you.
Hope the football is good.