Sunday, December 16, 2007

Advent 2

The daily readings for Advent (by Maggi Dawn) have been recalling Elijah's role as a precursor to John the Baptist. In some ways a flamboyant herald who makes big statements for God, Elijah also makes big (and sometimes public) mistakes. Dawn writes these stories in such a way we have to connect with them in our humanity. Questions I am pondering:
Who and what are setting my agenda?
Do I allow challenges to my faith to make me defensive?
Am I distracted from doing the most valuable thing with my time and mental energy?
Do I exhaust myself and still think it is up to me to be able to get into the right spiritual place to hear God? Do I acknowledge that taking care of myself physically and mentally is part of my spriritual health?

Elijah goes through some very dramatic experiences and still loses sight of the fact that God can be counted on in the hard places. When he is threatened by Jezebel he gives up. I have seen God work in my life and in the lives of those around me for many years, yet today I struggle with believing God will give me the strength and grace to really forgive in a couple of situations. The timing is ironic. This week the stories are unfolding about the families of victims in the YWAM and New Life shootings pouring out forgiveness to the family of the shooter. It certainly caught my attention and brought an encourageing reminder to me that if I am willing, God is able.
image: detail of Elijah by Jose de Ribera


Blogger soul and culture said...

Looks like you are keeping up with the priestess book. I'm behind. again.

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