Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Advent - December 21

Psalm 72, 111, 113 2 Samuel 7:1-17 Titus 2:11-3:8a Luke 1:26-38 I have seen it written that the most common command in the Bible is "Do not be afraid." That does not surprise me as it seems that is a standard part of every angelic greeting. Fear is a natural reaction to the unknown - or the known much bigger than us, such as angels or the Lord. Fear has many layers of meaning that go far beyond the common implication of being scared. The Biblical experiences combine a mortal concern with a genuine respect for the higher power in the Lord. Psalm 111:10 refers to this fullness of respect. After the initial verses extolling the virtues and power of God, verse 10 reminds us that recognizing our position with the holy Lord allows us to fully understand those wonders presented and to truly reap the blessings God has in store for us. The other passages of the day record various blessings and promises of God. As I read through them, the 'fear," constantly struck me as a virtue to seek out and build. With a developed sense of respectful fear, we are open to direction and spiritual growth. The Christmas gift is quickly approaching; let us work on the humility that comes with a respectful acknowledgment of our place before God. As we kneel, let us also open up to the myriad blessings the Lord has prepared.