Posted by: abbiewatters | December 18, 2011

Expecting the Word – Advent Four – Sunday

My Advent series this year will follow the Words Matter Advent study from the National Council of Churches. Download the whole booklet if you’d like, and follow along with the writings for each day. I’d love to discuss them with you. Also, here is a link to the Advent readings from the Inclusive Bible. I prefer the more inclusive language here, than the NRSV texts used in the study booklet (be sure to read the note on page 6).

Romans 16:25-27

The devotional tells us “Fear not”.

I know that most people don’t ever think I’m fearful. The fact is I am terrified of lots of things, lots of the time.

I’m mostly afraid of not being “the good girl.”And I know I’m not always the good girl. I know my mouth sometimes goes faster than my brain. I know I sometimes say hurtful things. I know I rarely love enough. I know I don’t give enough of either my money or myself. I know I should trust more. I know I shouldn’t keep my feeling so hidden. But the fact is I’m terrified of saying the wrong thing, or behaving the wrong way.

I know that I should remember the Beatitude that says “Greatly honored are you when people revile you, and persecute you for My sake,” but still I tremble to call out the rich and I worry about offending the people who are dooming the poor to poverty.

Dear G-d, help me to “Fear not” when confronted by prejudice, and cruelty. Help me to stand up for “the least of these.” Amen.

 

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