November 24, 2010

Nov. 24: Becoming the peace we seek

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By Chris Wood, associate professor of nursing
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 122 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Although the group pilgrimage to the Jerusalem Temple setting for Psalm 122 may seem far removed from our situation in 2010, I believe that many aspects of this “Song of Ascents” continue to ring true for Christians in the third millennium.

I have always loved the image of Advent as a time of preparation for receiving the gift of Jesus at Christmas in a way that impacts my daily life. That is, if I am really focused on the process of journey during the time of Advent, by the time of my arrival at December 25, I will not get caught up in the “Black Friday” goal of getting good deals on the material gifts I may give and hoping for the latest techy gifts I may receive. Instead, if I enter into the process of preparing for being touched anew by the amazing gift of God’s son becoming human and vulnerable, I just may become a more loving and giving person, one focused on being and bringing God’s peace to all those I encounter along the way – family, friends, faculty, staff, students and others.

My prayer for all who read this is that during this Advent season we take the opportunity to awaken once again to the true meaning of the season, and in doing so, become the peace that we seek.

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 122 (NRSV)

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together.
To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”
For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.

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Comments (4)

  1. Thanks for sharing these reflections about Advent and the true meaning of the Season!

    Vicky Kirkton November 24, 2010 |
  2. how appropriate this message is at this time in our hnistory. Just shows us that the scriptures of old are as true today as they were then. May we all find peace in our hearts and pass that same peace to others.

    Lora November 24, 2010 |
  3. thank you for this timely reflection. i will besharing it with my family at our thanksgiving gathering, as i know many will be retiring early in order to “beat the crowds” on friday. may you be blessed with a happy thanksgiving, prayerful advent, and beautiful christmas

    Mary November 24, 2010 |
  4. Thank you for your reflection. It helps me to keep in mind what is essential during Advent & Christmas. Every year I struggle with this issue when I am bombarded with ads for material things. These reflections help keep in mind.

    Alina Sedlander November 24, 2010 |