Fourth Week of Advent
As the darkness deepens, the promise of light grows. Awaken us to your presence in this time and within us always.
God of Hope, keep us attentive to you, leaning into you as we wait.
Scripture Reading: Luke 1: 39-45
In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Read “Leaning into Hope” a few times. Pause and reflect on a word or phrase where you are drawn.
Leaning into Hope
As the darkness extends,
we continue to wait for so much:
for peace in our world;
for an end to the virus
and a world without the necessity of masks;
for the ability to gather easily with loved ones;
for an end to racism and injustice;
for an end to all isms;
for sorrow to give birth to joy;
for our hearts to be comforted;
and our spirits lifted up;
to see more of You dear God;
lived out and expressed among your people.
Mary carried Hope within
as it was embodied in you
Elizabeth recognized it and gave expression to it.
So while we wait in Hope
we are met with the promise
that you come and meet us where we are.
While we wait in Hope
we are reminded
that sometimes you are carried and expressed
through those with skin on.
God of Hope,
may we be those people
who carry you and give expression to you
in all ways everyday.
And when we are weary from the journey,
may we like Elizabeth find ourselves
met by someone with skin on
who reflects you.
And like Mary, may we lean into you
for you too, are embodied in us.
© 2021, Rev. Eva Sullivan-Knoff