Scripture: Matthew 1:18
Reflection: Are you familiar with found art? An artist takes things she finds that aren’t considered to be artistic in any way and creates something beautiful, something moving, something more than words can describe, something with pieces that look familiar and yet are used in an unfamiliar way. Unlike some of the great sculptors who could see a chunk of stone and imagine the finished piece, an artist engaging in found art has no idea what the end result is going to look like. She may not even know what pieces will be used in the finished work. The materials and the finished product are stumbled upon, they are found.
Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. This perhaps, is some of the best found art our world has come to witness. In this passage we see God, ever the artist, taking human and divine materials and making something completely new, something beautiful, something familiar yet something the world has never seen before. Like any good artist, God gave this masterpiece a name, Jesus the Messiah. For through this human-divine creation God was just beginning an even bigger project, redeeming the whole of creation, taking all that we see all that we experience and mixing it with the divine to create something wholly holy, something familiar and yet something unlike we’ve ever seen.
This Advent season, reflect upon the unexpected divine that you find in your life. Pause and notice the Spirit’s artistic melding of human and holy. In this season of wonder, be open to the in-breaking of God into this world, for God the divine artist is creating all things new.
Prayer: Creator God, you make all things new. We praise you for taking the ordinary of this world and by a stroke of your brush making it holy. In this season of Advent open our lives to the work of Jesus in our world. May we respond with awe and joy at the work of your hands. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson, Associate Pastor for Discipleship
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[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].