In the midst of Christmas, God declares: Here I am!
During Advent we anticipate the coming of Christ to share God's love for all people. We respond to God's gift with worship! We will worship Christ, the newborn King! But will we? Our scripture from Isaiah invites us to consider our worship. Are we focused on worshiping Jesus? Or are we caught up in mindless busy-ness? Isaiah challenges us to worship by living out our faith: share food with the hungry; provide the poor wanderer with clothing and shelter; bless those who are close to us! God is honored as we are generous but how do we balance the gifts we give to our family and friends with the needs of the poor? Christ came as a babe for all people; none were neglected.
Questions to Ponder:
- How much do you spend during the Christmas season on decorations, special food, gifts, and travel? How much time do you commit to those activities?
-What would happen if 10% of all the above would be given to help the homeless? (time and money)
-Which is easier: declaring “no gifts” or discerning a balance of giving to family and to strangers?