Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3 - Advent

Today’s Scriptures: Lectionary selections from the Revised Common Lectionary Year C

Psalm 90

Numbers 17:1-11

2 Peter 3:1-18

Today’s Reflection:

This time every year our patience tends to be tested more than any other. Looking forward to (or dreading) the holidays with all the busyness that comes along with them. Our impatience is nothing new. From early in the Biblical history people have questioned God, or his prophet, whenever what they want does not occur according to their timeline. Passages from both Testaments instruct us with regards to relying on our concept of time imposed on God’s understanding of time.

 

The passage in 2 Peter in particular helps us remember that as we wait for Christ’s return, God’s reason and the purpose behind the timing serve eternal purposes rather than our more selfish ones. Although, we look forward to Christ’s coming, our charge is to do the work we have been commanded until that time comes.

 

Patience through the anticipation should guide our demeanor, but our actions should ever be on the list of things we have been left to do. The more our minds remain on the task at hand, the faster our anticipation will be replaced with confidence in the joy of our salvation.

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