November 22, 2008
I just discovered the “Story-formed Calendar” blog, devoted to helping people live in rhythm with the liturgical calendar. In the “about” page of the blog, there’s a description of what it means to live in God’s time which is just marvelous, and I think describes extremely well why Advent is so important:
In God’s Time
God’s people have always been asked to live in God’s time.
Noah – waited for God’s timing for rain
Abraham – lived in God’s time waiting for a son
Moses – was told to watch for God’s time when the pillar of cloud/fire moved
David – trusted God’s timing to make him king
The prophets spoke forth God’s words, know that the timing of what they said was in God’s hands. The Jewish nation set up a calendar that kept them within the story of what God had done in their history. Celebrations, observances and festivals pointed to the fact that they lived in God’s time.
Even Jesus trusted God’s time. From beginning His public work to “the hour is near” and “it is finished”, He lived within the hours and minutes, days and months of God.
You can read the whole thing here.
Advent helps us to understand God’s time. We review the prophecies of Christ’s first coming, and those about His second coming. We are called to step back from the rush of the “holiday season” and reflect on God’s promises and purposes. May the Lord teach us to trust Him more deeply and live in confidence of His promises and their fulfillment in His time as we wait on Him and spend time apart with Him this Advent.
You can find all the Advent posts at the Story-Formed Calendar blog here. This looks like an excellent resource!
November 22, 2008
The diocese of Northwest Texas elects a bishop today.
Then those who feared the LORD spoke with one another; the LORD heeded and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the LORD and thought on his name. “They shall be mine, says the LORD of hosts, my special possession on the day when I act, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Then once more you shall distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.
Malachi 3: 16-18
Father, please send your blessings and your Holy Spirit upon those who elect a bishop this day. May they distinguish between those who will serve you and those who serve other ends. Place your hand on the hearts of the candidates Scott, Ronald, Christopher, Christopher, and Stephen. May the one you have chosen for this calling be elected. May those you have not chosen return to their parishes with renewed pastoral energy. May they all walk in the light.
Hear the groans of the Holy Spirit within us. Raise up for us a godly and righteous leader this day, Father. Shine the light of Truth on us. We place ourselves in your hands. We reach out for the saving embrace of Jesus, and we beg his intercession.
November 22, 2008
The Rev. Andy Doyle is consecrated Bishop Coadjutor of Texas today. Please pray for him, his family, and his diocese.
He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and despised others: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank thee that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 18: 9-14
Father, look down on our servant Andy, and bestow on him a humble heart, a heart of a servant. May he seek always mercy and not justice. May he know his spiritual poverty, and from that knowledge bring others to saving faith.
Bless his wife, JoAnne, and his daughters, Caisa and Zoe. Bless this diocese, and light its path during the turmoil in our church. We trust you Father. We trust your plan for our church. We trust your plan for each of us. May your will be done.