Silence and Stillness before God (2 minutes)
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
Written by Britt Hernandez
2020 was a year of deconstruction – many of us deconstructing the ideas of “normal” and “comfortable”, deconstructing the way we view connection and community, deconstructing the unconscious biases that may have prevented us from really seeing those who are hurting or disenfranchised. For me it has also been a year of deconstructing my faith and my ideas of what following God really looks like. This has not been an easy thing, but I am reminded that deconstruction is both a tearing down and a building up. Advent seems to me to be a period of deconstruction that we are invited to participate in each year. We focus our attention on the coming of a Savior, the very center of the Christian faith, and what that means for us. Our thoughts turn more easily to others and giving and gratitude-those things that Jesus focused on while here on earth. The past year is torn down and a new one awaits hopefully as we look forward to what God has in store. As we are invited to wait and wonder and seek, we find hope in what is to come.
Lord, fill me with hope today as I trust your goodness. Thank you that you are at work to restore all things.
Conclude with Stillness (2 minutes)