Recognizing the Holy

Advent C, 12-2-2013
Read Matthew 1:18-21

Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph all recognized the angel.  But somehow I am not always open to recognizing God.  Certainly this a busy season and I have much to do — but what good is it, what does it profit me, if I do all my errands and chores and all my Christmas shopping — and even participate in all the church Christmas services — but fail to take the time and the silence to listen for the angel of the Lord or for the voice of God?

 “And ye, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow,
Look now! for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beside the weary road, and hear the angels sing.’

(It Came upon the Midnight Clear, vs. 3 by Edmund H. Sears)

Meditation:  God loved me enough to come into my world, my failures, my hurts, my sins to get my attention and prove God’s love to me.  God came in the Christ.  But even more, God comes to me today.  God comes in the little acts of kindness that others do for me.   God comes in the interest and concern that others show for me.  And God comes in the pain and needs I see in those all around me. Somewhere, somehow, God is trying to say something to me.  God is here in those moments when I experience a “startle response” –a sense of the Holy. God, help me to look.  Help me to listen.  Help me to recognize you!


About Nancy Smith

Nancy Smith has 20 years’ experience in technical writing and management in software companies. She also has more than 20 years in Christian ministry as an educator, course designer, retreat leader, spiritual director, pastor, and coach. A United Methodist Deacon, Smith has her M.Div. from Boston University. She is a graduate of the Guild for Spiritual Guidance, and is certified in Spiritual Direction and Retreat Leadership from Boston College.
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