By: Pastor Karen Brau
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14; Psalm 122 (1)
Longing, is that feeling that I get when I hear something, see something or imagine something that intrigues and pleases me, and I feel the desire to move towards it.
I do have longings related to my faith and in how God shows up in the would around us.
I read Isaiah 2: 1-5, and these words especially echo in my head and heart:
They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
I have multiple longings this Advent:
- A longing for a sacred space that compassionately draws all kinds of people to it.
- A longing for a comprehensive teaching of shared assumptions and values that has us moving
on paths towards such a sacred space.
- A longing for a shift in how we are with each other as humankind.
- A longing for a practice across the globe that changes weapons of destruction into tools for
gardening and cultivating new life.
- A longing to be leading a congregation that puts flesh on the bones these expansive visions of
the prophet Isaiah.
Dear God, Please reveal yourself as a transforming presence in us, in our congregation and in our world. I long for you to accompany us this Advent in a way opens our imaginations as bends us towards grace.