FOR FRIDAY, ADVENT III
"Who has met you in your waiting?" by Brad Moore, member of St. James, Eufaula
Have you ever gone grocery shopping and come up to the registers trying to identify what you think will be the shortest line to check out, only to find that the line you picked turned out to be the longest? If you are like me, you have a sense of frustration as you see the other lines dwindling down and realize you could’ve been checked out by now except that person at the counter in front of you had an item without a barcode. But, sometimes in this waiting, we strike up a conversation with the person ahead or behind us and through that time spent waiting get to know someone we might never have had the chance to know.
Maybe that’s the way we should think about Advent. Yes, we’re all busy and often exhausted getting ready for Christmas, but what if we took a minute and get to know Jesus a little better in preparation for his birth? That purposeful waiting might be a minute of meditation in the morning. It might be saying a prayer at night. It might be talking to a trusted friend at lunch.
Who will you meet in your waiting this Advent? Maybe a new acquaintance or maybe Jesus that you have known for a long time but could better know through a closer personal relationship.
Reading for this week: John 5: 1-15
After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew[a] Beth-zatha,[b] which has five porticoes. 3 In these lay many ill, blind, lame, and paralyzed people.[c] 5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The ill man answered him, “Sir,[d] I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am making my way someone else steps down ahead of me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Now that day was a Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’ ” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in[e] the crowd that was there. 14 Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Collect for this week:
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Join us this Advent as we explore what it’s like to wait! We are offering a collection of daily questions and reflections inviting us to consider what we experience and learn in our waiting, and how we find God - and God finds us - in our waiting.
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