Through Stained Glass: A Mid-Week Reflection-Quick Question

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 ďWhere are you?Ē

I begin most days answering this question in my journal at the start of each morning.

Lately the words have been similar.

Rushed...
Stressed...
Frustrated...
Hurried...
Irritated...
Bitter...
Exhausted...
Worried...
Absent...
Tired...
Anxious...
Saddened...
Spent...

Usually when I get to this place, I realize Iíve lost center. Somewhere amidst the running from here to there, between the four churches I moderate, and the everyday going-ons of adulthood, I forget to take time to

just
be.

The other day I stumbled across these words and they stopped me in my tracks:

13-16 The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: ďDonít push these children away. Donít ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept Godís kingdom in the simplicity of a child, youíll never get in.Ē Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.

It was the last line that spoke to me the most.

Friend, you donít have to do everything. You donít have to be everything to everyone. You donít have to have it all figured out right now. Take your time. Take a moment to breathe. And do so with your spouse, your friend, and with yourself. Return to the center. Allow the child within, the one who cannot be weighed down by all our worries, and let God hold you against Her heart.

In just a few days we begin our preparations for the nativity of Christ known as the season of Advent. Once more we will hear the invasive news that it is time to think about fresh possibilities for deliverance and human wholeness. Amidst the news of war and rumors of war, between the pages of bad news, and in light of the darkening days, the message we find during this season is...
peace.

But peace takes time. To get to the center of this promise, we have to want it, move toward it. This means we need to make space to lean into what we are preparing for: the vulnerability of God made known in the birth of Christ.

Friends, before the calendar gets away from us, remember, donít be afraid to ask yourself, ďWhere are you?Ē Take time to see where the holy breaks into the daily. In the days to come, I invite us to open our broken, wearied, or tired hearts to the healing grace of God, who always stands inviting us to that place of peace...

the center, where the light of Christ dwells.


As you go about your day and through this season, may you know Godís presence; may you hear the good news of Christís love for you; and may the Holy Spirit surround you as you walk and wait for peace.

[Adam Quine, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln]

 

 

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