Friday November 23 2018

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Scripture: Malachi 3:1-12

Reflection: The day after Thanksgiving has long been the day when we can begin moving to Christmas.  I have to admit that I got up in the dark and thought about going to join in the chaos of Black Friday. My sister and I have done this for years, even when we are not in the same location. We call each other and share where we are and how long lines are but this year I could not do it. The crazy mass of people is sometimes fun but it also makes me sad as people are searching for something that might just fill the emptiness.

I am trying to stay present in Advent this year.  It is a time of waiting.  Waiting for God to be born in our world and into our hearts.  The hope of Advent is that God will offer us something new that will fill the emptiness. I can promise you it will not be a new game system for your children or the best ugly Christmas sweater. It will not be a new car or even the new iPhone.

Malachi paints a God who does awesome deeds that surprise God’s people.  He offers us a bold promise of transformation that comes with faithfulness.  It will be surprising and nothing that we expect.

What will you do in Advent to prepare yourself for an experience with our God?

Prayer: God, keep me present in these advent days watching and waiting. Prepare me to receive the gift of your son at Christmas. Prepare me for love. A love that is different than I expect, plan or control. Keep me present, God. Amen.

Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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