Today's reflection connects to the Pastors Study Group that Vern, Theda and I are part of. This fall we have been reading Danny Carroll's "Christians at the Border." Dr. Carroll is quite thoughtful, detailed, and lays a fairly complex background to our national situation regarding immigration and documentation. As we note the (violent) reign of King Herod this Advent (and especially during Epiphany), what does security mean today for children? What are the specifics of having an opportunity? Do we have opportunity at home within our household? Do we have opportunity at school and work? Do we have opportunity at church? Even more important, does God have opportunity with us?
It is one thing to wait for an infant to save us. It is another to wait for the moment we can be part of the life and community of this child and human being. To survive, Jesus was taken by his parents to Egypt to escape the fear-driven murdering, by Herod, of the young children in Bethlehem. It took some kind of community in Egypt to raise Jesus for part of his childhood. Then, when they returned to Nazareth, it took another community that raised Jesus.
People migrate for opportunity, including simply the opportunity to survive. Consider what you would move for. Consider what could force you to move. Consider new neighbors that seek safety and livelihood in your neighborhood. How do we create spaces in our lives for God to work? How do we create spaces for others to survive and thrive?
We wait for Christ as we wait for opportunity.
We wait for Christ as we provide opportunity for others.
We wait for Christ as we wait to be used by God.
We wait for Christ as we shelter our children from Herod's today.
We wait for Christ as we wait for___.
We wait for Christ.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.