Now comes the mystery.
~ Henry Ward Beecher
Even on this night after the full moon, we recognize December's darkness that comes, as our nights grow longer. Here at the end of the year, we find ourselves growing nostalgic and tenderly looking over the previous twelve months. Holding on and letting go.
God’s grace enters in here. Advent’s time of listening and watching for what is coming next warms us from the inside out. Now comes the mystery proclaims the message that our hearts long for.
How will we recognize the One who is coming? Will we miss it or will we be able to see? Will it be the biggest and fanciest gift wrapped under the tree? Will it enter with the sound of a mighty trumpet? Or will it be heard in the cooing of doves? Will it be heard in the rustling of a blanket against the hay? Or the blessed whisper of a mother’s song? O come, Emmanuel, come.
Breath prayer: “enter” “in”
Prayer: Eternal God awaken our spirits. As we give thanks for what has been this past year, open our hearts to what is yet to be. Amen.
Working in Family Experience at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Lesley is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. A Candler School of Theology graduate, Lesley has just published her second book, Grief and the Psalms: Companioning the Moon for 29 Days (available on this website). She and her partner, Linda Ellis are raising their two sons, Brogan and Sam in Decatur, GA.