Posted by: abbiewatters | December 21, 2011

Expecting the Word – Advent Four – Wednesday

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).

Luke 1:26-38

The devotional today talks about authority – who has it, where it comes from, why it’s necessary.

Hand in hand with authority goes responsibility. We, who have been entrusted with the Word of G-d have the responsibility to use it judiciously.

I am reminded that the prohibition in the Ten Commandments against taking the name of G-d in vain, also means attributing to G-d our own wants, desires, and attitudes without thought for the consequences or even without reflection about G-d’s meanings and intentions.

I am particularly struck with this in this season of political  discourse, when candidates attempt to sway the public by invoking G-d’s name. If I were them, I would do so with fear and trembling.

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