Today's Lectionary Text
Revelation 22:12-14, 16
“See, I am coming soon; my reward is with me, to repay according to everyone’s work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they will have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
It is hard to believe it is already the beginning of Advent. For myself right after Thanksgiving, I am scrambling to ensure preparations are made for Christmas. Gifts need to be bought, cards need to be sent, and of course making sure I make a list of everything I want.
In chaos, a lot of times the reason of this time gets lots on me. I forget Advent, those weeks leading up to Christmas are really about preparation, not for holiday parties or making sweet treats.
These preparations are ones of the heart. To prepare our hearts to receive a baby who will be born in a humble manger (Probably a stinky stable). And to see this child will be the bright morning star.
This child will grow up to stand up for the little guy, the oppressed, the vulnerable.
This child will show God’s everlasting love has no end.
It continues on and on, and Jesus is a reflection of the deep steadfast love God shows.
All are welcome in the kin-dom of God. All are welcomed at the gates.
This child will remind us, and challenge us, to also be an everlasting witness. To be people who love each other and love all in the world.
And may we prepare our hearts to begin this journey.
Pastoral Intern, Omaha First
Prayer for Reflection
Light of the world, you are the beginning and the end. The Alpha and Omega. You are everlasting and your love will remain forever. May we continue to be light for the world. Together we pray. Amen.
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