The Stillness of the first Snow
ushers in the Pause,
The Pause of Advent,
When waiting hovers all around
And Mystery calls out to me.
Yesterday I read the words of Bonnie Gray, The Faith Barista, again, and remembered my first weeks as a blogger, when she began her #OneWordLent series. Only now, the months have passed, and she invited us to join her as she begins a new series for #OneWordAdvent. Find her first post by clicking here where she shared her words at the (In)Courage Site.
Those first weeks as a blogger were so scary to me (not that I feel much braver now, 80 posts later,) and her words of invitation brought a stirring followed by a response in my heart that was hard to ignore. I knew that God was the one calling me out, and asking me to listen for HIS #OneWord.
Could it be that He is still
asking me to seek out
the #OneWord He
would speak today?
And the Ancient Words flutter
down through time,
words we memorize as children
become so familiar
that we miss the meaning
lose the mystery.
” And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'”
Luke 2:8-11 NIV
I wonder how dark the night was as they watched their sheep. The darkness seems very deep around my soul, around the souls of many that I love right now. Who is keeping watch? Who is guarding the sheep this night? And how well were those shepherds trained to listen for the predator in the dark?
I have a feeling that no amount of training could have prepared them for the explosion of mystery that rang around them, and brought them to their knees on THAT NIGHT. Who was watching the sheep then? And where was the BRAVE when the sky fell down around them?
My heart is heavy
for those who watch
the sky falling
and find their faces on the ground.
My prayers feel useless under a weight
that is full of my own fear as well.
Did the shepherds cry out for mercy
in that moment
The angel’s first words make so much more sense to me now. Unless the sky has fallen around you, you cannot feel the weight of those words:
“Do not be afraid”
And unless you have felt the weight being lifted off your shoulders
as the Mystery of God Coming to Earth envelops you, you cannot see the beauty:
Grace in a Shepherd,
Mercy for the sheep.
Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
John 10:7, 9-10
So what is my #OneWordAdvent
for this week?
I will be still, and know that HE is God.
God come to earth
for me and for you
to be the perfect shepherd caring for us
the sheep of HIS fold.
GOOD NEWS of GREAT JOY for all the people.
I am linking this week with:
#TellHisStory, Jennifer Dukes Lee
#TeaAndWordTuesday, Meg Weyerbacher
#LiveFreeThursday, Suzie Eller