Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Not Yet

December 5, 2014
Not Yet. By Beth Pease
Scripture: Psalm 17 and Luke 20:41-21:4

“Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!  Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.”Psalm 17:1

In Psalm 17 we see the claim that God is the source of justice. In this verse, the psalmist is using justice to have the sense of vindication, almost of a right to exist. God is the source of our right to exist. In other words, God justifies our existence.

If we look at the Luke text for today with this idea in mind, something interesting happens. In Luke we see Jesus point out the contradictions in ideas about the Messiah or the Christ and also Jesus holds up the poor widow as an example of someone who literally gives everything that she has. Earlier in the reading we see Jesus question who is honored and where authority comes from. People who seem to be honored by society or those who have power are not those who should be admired. God justifies our existence and is the source of justice and wholeness in our world.

During Advent we are waiting for God to be born into our world again. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in what we know will happen;  we know that Christmas will come and that we will celebrate God’s arrival in our world once again. We can get caught up in the pageantry and the spectacle of waiting; it can seem like we’re marking off days on a calendar.

This Advent, I challenge you to focus on the “not yet” of waiting.  What is not yet the way that it should be?  What has not yet been made whole?  What could benefit from a new perspective?  What is it that we hope will be different?


God, you know us intimately,
and guide our lives from the moment we are born.
Show us places in the world that need our attention
and give us the courage to turn our hopes into action,
so that all your people might live lives that are whole and full of your justice.


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