Mark 13:24-37 and Isaiah 64:1-9 (click for full reading)
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father, we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand”
Awake My Soul
(click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
Today there are several 24 hour a day news channels but I often find myself saying, please tell us something we don’t already know.
“..now my heart stumbles on things I don’t know” Mumford & Sons sing in their song Awake My Soul. “My weakness I feel I must finally show.” This is the cry of the first Sunday of Advent. Our weakness Lord, we must finally show.
There are signs in the heavens and chaos finds it’s way into our world and into our lives. Even if things are ok in my own life at the moment, I am told that I need to be afraid, be very afraid.. Ebola, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, the economy, the planet…
You hypocrites! Jesus says in Mark. You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? “…what I say to you I say to all, keep awake.”
It all just gets to feeling so out of our control sometimes. The great prophet Isaiah even appears on the edge of despair in our reading today. But this is how the passage ends:
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. Do not be exceedingly angry, O LORD, and do not remember iniquity forever.”
“Now consider, we are all your people.”
No matter what.
In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.
So off we go into the darkness of Advent. The heavens may be shaking. The stars may be falling. But one candle has been lit. A light shines in the darkness…
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. Are you a real tree or fake tree household?
2. Have you put out any Christmas decorations yet? If so, why do you bother with all that busy work?
3. Even people who never attend church often celebrate Christmas. What do they miss by not experiencing the Advent season?
4. What causes you fear and anxiety as we enter this Advent season? What gives you hope?
Take at least a few minutes each day this week to reflect upon God’s promises. You are a chosen, forgiven, child of God. Advent is the season of waiting and preparing for the coming of the Lord. A light shines in the darkness and no darkness shall overcome it.