Tuesday, December 7, 2010
God is Near
And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. Luke 21: 29-33
My mother has often said to me, "Carol when you are getting close to God, the devil starts working overtime!" In the past weeks there has seemed to be a lot of turbulence and challenges in my life. In trying to get healthy and be stronger, both in my faith life and in my body, it seems as if the temptations are many and my body and flesh are too weak. It always helps me to remember my mothers words and start to pray - no matter what the temptation or challenge might be.
Jesus, as he nears the cross, know the disciples are torn and tempted, feeling the turbulence and challenges that surround them. Hostility and fear are rising. Jesus says to them, in the face of it all, God is near. When you see these kinds of things that hurt and baffle you, know that God is near!
Today, I want to take a deep breath in the face of the turbulence and bow my head, offering it all to God. I want to do this with the understanding that God is near. This Advent, in the midst of the busy and bustle, I want to breath and wait, knowing that God's love and compassion are moving in to the midst of it all.