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Advent Devotional – December 1, 2019

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. 

I pray: 

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. 

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