God Is in the Details

Advent Week 2: Preparing the Way, Dec 9, 2012
Read Isaiah 40:1-2, Mark 1:13-20

The way of the Lord and the highway for our God are to, and within, our own hearts and minds and lives.  “God is in the details” of our lives.  The details, like the rocks and the weeds in the parable of the sower, can make the ground uneven and the road crooked.

Last week’s meditations noted that both Zechariah and Mary were going about their normal daily activities when the angel spoke to them.  But how can God speak to me in my daily life at this time of year if I allow my life to be so busy that God is shut out?

Unplug the Christmas Machine, copyright 1991 by Jo Robinson and Jean Coppock Staeheli offers the following:

The Christmas Pledge
Believing in the true spirit of Christmas, I commit myself to:
Remember those people who truly need my gifts
Express my love in more direct ways than gifts
Examine my holiday activities in the light of my deepest values
Be a peacemaker within my circle of family and friends
Rededicate myself to my spiritual growth

We are already in the “holiday season” and you may already be committed to the old ways of celebrating. Certainly this pledge should not add to your stress!  But perhaps there is some part of it that you can claim for yourself that will begin to help liberate you.

Meditate on your Christmas responsibilities:

  1. Make a list of at least 10 things that you do or are responsible for during the Christmas season.  (To really
    examine your life in this respect, make a list of 20 things.)
  2. Keep this list. Through this week you will examine your list. But today, simply make the list — and do not judge yourself in doing so.  Remember that God does not judge you — God loves you and longs for a deeper relationship with 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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