Today is the First Sunday of Advent - officially the start of a new church year. In Advent we focus on the coming of Jesus Christ as a baby in the manger, while at the same time giving full rein to our hopes for his second coming to earth in power and great glory. At this time of year we consider justice issues and think what it will be like to dwell in peace.
Our Psalm at morning prayer expresses some of these sentiments:
Praise the Lord, O my soul!
I will praise the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
Put not your trust in rulers, nor in any child of earth,
for there is no help in them.
When they breathe their last, they return to earth,
and in that day their thoughts perish.
Happy are they who have the God of Jacob for their help!
whose hope is in the Lord their God;
Who made heaven and earth, the seas,
and all that is in them;
who keeps his promise for ever;
Who gives justice to those who are oppressed,
and food to those who hunger.
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;
the Lord cares for the stranger;
he sustains the orphan and widow,
but frustrates the way of the wicked.
The Lord shall reign for ever,
your God, O Zion, throughout all generations.
The Rev. Linda McCloud
The Episcopal Church of Our Savior at Honey Creek