Giving Thanks and Preparing Plows

Deacon Erin’s Weekly Lectionary Reflection
May God’s peace and blessing be with you during this holiday week.
Personally I love this time of year. It is a time of joy and celebration starting with Thanksgiving, then my birthday, several other family birthdays, and through Christmas, New Years, and Epiphany!!
As the year comes to a close we have a liturgical focus on being thankful and getting ready for the coming of Christ a new in our hearts and in our lives. I can get too swept up in the season and forget that in the last year God has been moving in my life in many ways.
I admit, I love this weeks Isaiah text, especially at this time – let this be the time in which we as a people turn our swords into plows, our spears into pruning hooks, and learn the ways of war no more.
The last few weeks have taken a toll on all of us. As we  remember that we are all beloved children of God, we each must daily ask ourselves – what can I do to be a light?
If you haven’t seen the Chicago Temple’s pastoral letter – I invite you to check it out. It closes with this:
“We know what it is we are called to do. We are still called to “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” This too has not changed. Only now we are called to do this with a greater sense of urgency and even more vigor.“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

 

May this season of Advent be for you and your family a time of preparation, making room in your hearts, reflecting and getting ready together for the kingdom work which the Spirit equips you especially to do – the holy work of loving God and loving others.

In peace and love, Deacon Erin

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