waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 11, Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Weal. As Your Apostle, in his suffering service in Your Name, exclaimed, “I carry the marks of Jesus branded on my body,”(1) and as Francis,(2) beholding a vision of an angel crucified, was marked with Your stigmata, so, this day, O Lord Jesus, I will to bear on my mind and heart, soul and spirit the signs of Your suffering. By Your Spirit make me more deeply aware of the pain of life of the dispossessed and disenfranchised, the least of Your sisters and brothers for whom Your Love is greatest.(3) By Your same Spirit, move me, in my suffering for them as You suffer for them, to crucify my selfish want and need. Amen.

 

Footnotes:
(1) Galatians 6.17
(2) St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
(3) See Matthew 25.34-40

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waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 10, Tuesday, December

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Wrath. Yea, O Lord Jesus, I laud Your Welcome, yet I dare not forget Your Wrath; You Who, angered by the desecrating exploitation of Your Father’s House, cleansed the Temple.(1) As Your Apostle identified the body of the Christian community, verily, the bodies of Christians as temples of the Holy Spirit,(2) by Your same Spirit, consume with cleansing fire all dross within me that dishonors my creation in the imago Dei that I may glorify Your Father, my God in my living. Amen.

 

Footnotes:
(1) Matthew 21.12-17; Mark 11.15-19; Luke 19.45-48; John 2.13-16
(2) 1 Corinthians 6.12-20

waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 9, Monday, December 11, 2017

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, in his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, in his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Welcome.(1) “Come to Me,” every day and every moment of the day You call, “all who are weary and carrying heavy burdens.” Well and true You know, O Lord Jesus, for so You encountered in your mission and ministry, that life is wearying for all who are defenseless and trampled underfoot by the worldly-permissible oppressions of earthly powers and principalities. Daily and every moment of the day, You offer the respite of the yoke of Your teaching, Your gentility and humility of heart, Your very lightness of Being; all of which is the restful Law of Your unconditional Love; especially for the least, the last, and the lost. O Lord Jesus, by Your Spirit, make me an instrument of Your welcoming Love. Amen.

 

Footnote:
(1) Here, I reflect on Matthew 11.28-29.

waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 8, the Second Sunday of Advent, December 10, 2017

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Water. You spoke to Photina, the Samaritan woman at the well,(1) assuring her that You give living water that, gushing up within to eternal life, quenches all thirst. So, later You spoke, “Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water,” by which You meant Your Spirit.(2) So, You clarified, amplified, yea, synthesized the testimony of Your herald John, who declared, “I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”(3) As Photina prayed, so I beseech you, “give me this water” that I, for Your righteousness, may thirst no more, but rather be blessed and filled.(4) Amen.

 

Footnotes:
(1) Though Scripture gives no name to the Samaritan woman who encountered Jesus at the well (John 4.5-42), Eastern Orthodox tradition calls her Photina (or Photine), from the Greek, phos, “light”, meaning, “the enlightened one”; for she, in her testimony to her fellow Samaritans, led many to believe in Jesus as “the Savior of the world” (John 4.39).
(2) John 7.38, 39
(3) Mark 1.8
(4) A reference to Matthew 5.6

waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 7, Saturday, December 9, 2017

 

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Wind. Nicodemus, a Pharisee, yes, righteous in the manner of the knowledge of God’s Law, yet aware of his lack of understanding of You and of God, came to You under the cover of night. So, I, by earthly standards, learned and practiced in the fields of theology and ministry, oft lie awake in the small hours of the morning seeking You, awaiting Your coming to comfort me in my waging, warring struggle against the principal question that rages within me: Why, in a world wrought from nothing(1) by Your benevolent-almighty-all-gracious-giving Father’s will, does evil dwell? As You spoke to Nicodemus, so You speak to me: “No one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above…The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”(2) Yea, O Lord Jesus, as I believe, so I know that only inspired by the Wind, inspirited with the breath of Your Spirit can I be…am I reborn so to behold, to know the mind of God and, thus, to know this truth: I, even I am to stand for the light of right in the shadow of wrong. I, even I am to be an active agent for good, lest evil prosper. Amen.

 

Footnotes:
(1) The idea of creatio ex nihilo (Latin, literally, creation out of nothing; as opposed to creatio ex materia, literally, creation out of material, that is, pre-existing elements) postulates that God formed the universe from nothingness.
(2) John 3.3, 8

 

waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 6, Friday, December 8, 2017

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Wilderness. Your herald, John the Baptizer, came out of the wilderness to proclaim Your coming. You entered the wilderness to wrestle with Satan’s temptation that You be other than the self-sacrificing, sanctifying, saving Love of God. By Your Spirit, teach me and teach me again, for quickly I forget, that You are present not only at times and in places of favor, but also and especially in the desolate spaces of life where darkness looms, where want and need are constant cries, and fear ne’er dies. Teach me, O Lord Jesus, teach me to wait in trust for You there. Amen.

waiting for Jesus – an Advent-season-prayer-a-day, Day 5, Thursday, December 7, 2017

Note: Advent, from the Latin, adventus, “coming”, is the Christian season of preparation for Jesus’ birth, the heart of the Christmas celebration, and, according to scripture and the Christian creeds, his second appearance on some future, unknown day and also according to scripture and Christian tradition, his daily coming through the Holy Spirit. Hence, the theme of waiting for Jesus is Advent’s clarion call.

O Lord Jesus, I wait this day for the wonder of Your Work.(1) By Your Spirit, send me out into Your world preaching and practicing Your justice and love of unconditional fairness and benevolence to, for, with all. Amen.

 

Footnote:
(1) Here, I have in mind that wondrous spiritual, He is King of kings. He is Lord of lords, especially the lyrics that bespeak Jesus’ justice and love (emphases, mine):
He pitched his tents on Canaan ground…and broke oppressive kingdoms down
I know that my Redeemer lives…and by His love sweet blessing gives…
Refrain:
He is King of kings; he is Lord of lords,
Jesus Christ, the first and last, no one works like Him.
O, He is King of kings; He is Lord of lords,
Jesus Christ, the first and last, no one works like Him.