Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Psalm 146:5-10

Advent 3 - Year A
Without a context, this is just praise in the air. Verse 3: "Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help", gives us some traction.
With verse 3 we can begin to make comparisons and make sense of a better way of living than that where princes are known to adjust everything to their own benefit. Now we can begin to line up qualities under princes and under G*D's Image.
     Princes                           G*D
     promised happiness     present happiness
     resigned                         hopeful
     monarch                         creator
     favoritism                        justice for the oppressed
     more for me                    food to the hungry
     security                           prisoners freed
     poverty                            health care for all
     oppressed                      lifted up
     entitled                            caring
     outcast                            hospitality for strangers
     classism                         vulnerable honored
     temporary                       sustainable
During Advent we light candles to catch a glimpse of a new light, a new way of doing business with one another and creation.
Suggested Activity: Sit comfortably before a lit candle - gaze open-eyed at the flame. Note the colors, the flicker. Feel and smell the warmth. When you have it well seen (at least 2 minutes), gently close your eyes and see it anew. Look beyond what you see with your eyes closed. The not yet is yearning to draw close to you - listen to its whisper, anticipate its being revealed. When you sense what the not yet has to say to you, simply say, "Thank you" and return to your time and space to begin making one change that will help the not yet become more firmly established.

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