Advent Week 4 Meditation for Dec 23
Read Psalm 23:1, Psalm 81:10, 16; Romans 8:32-35, 37
We often have trouble accepting gifts graciously and gratefully. To accept a gift requires the acknowledgment that in some way I am needy and incomplete. Moreover, the giver has recognized my neediness in giving to me!
So, although I am pleased to be noticed, I may be embarrassed to be singled out to receive. I am reluctant to admit my weakness and to give up the illusion of being independent!
Jesus announced that he was anointed to preach good news to the poor (Luke 4:18) and he said that the poor are happy (Luke 6:20). It is only when I know myself to be poor and in need that I can open my mouth and mind and heart to receive the abundance God has to offer!
Consider: To receive God’s gifts, I must learn to feast gratefully. The result is freedom from spiritual poverty and death!
I much prefer a person who loves God enough
to take a handout of bread
to him who gives the handout in the first place.
Because the giver buys his honor;
but the beggar sells his.
(Matthew Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart (1260-c. 1329) p. 124