Just when we might despair of our government being able to accomplish anything helpful and good, Biden signed the Marriage Equality Act. This brought joy to many, just in time to celebrate Love this Sunday.
Of course, romantic love isn’t the Love we celebrate during Advent, though it is a part of it. The Love we will celebrate on Sunday is the world-changing Love that comes from God breaking into the world, the Love Jesus embodied. This is the kind of Love we seek to embody as a community.
Like hope, peace, and joy, Love is most likely be to be experienced in relationship. We hold hope for one another. We experience peace and the evidence of repentance as we relate to one another and to Creation. Joy is hard to find on our own and we are more likely to enter into it in the company of another – like Mary and Elizabeth. Love is much the same; in the company of another Love becomes much more real.
All of these are the result of human spirit and Holy Spirit connecting. As we head into the last week of Advent, take some time to notice where God is moving in your life and around you. What hope do you have for the days ahead? Where have you experienced peace or shared peace? What, in addition to the Marriage Equality Act, has brought you Joy? Where have you encountered God’s Love breaking into the world?
If these questions are hard to answer, do not worry. You are not alone on this journey. You are part of a community of Love and we make room for whatever you are carrying. No matter what, very soon we will all be kneeling at the manger in Bethlehem. Together we will make room once more for Christ to enter into our lives and into the world around us.
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