Birthing God in the World
Yesterday we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. This is the time in the Christian calendar when we prepare for the birth of recollection of Jesus’ birth. It is also a time in each of our lives when we are invited to ask, “How is God calling me to birth Christ/Love/Peace/Justice/Joy in the world? How am I being called to contribute to the building up of God’s kingdom of love in the world?” For me, the answer has been made very clear as God has revealed a clear and precise plan for what I am called to birth on Sunday, January 8, 2012 (on the Feast of Epiphany and on the eve of the Full Moon.). As I continue to ponder this call and the team that has been assembled toward this effort, all I can say is, “Lord, I am not worthy….but only say the word and I shall be healed.”
A Time of Reflection and Preparation
Traditionally, Advent is set aside as a time of prayerful reflection and preparation. We are invited to meditate on scripture, reflect, pray, in essence, prepare our hearts to receive the fullness of God’s love (for Christians, Jesus is the representation of this love). This weekend as I wrestled with my own demons of doubt and fear (around life in general, a sparce December professional calendar, and specific to this call), I suddenly remembered to bring these fears to God in prayer and this is what God said to me:
This has been a year of substantial loss, change and transformation and I am asking you to birth something new into the world in the coming year. I am giving you this month to pray and to prepare. Use this time to be in my Presence. Use this time to create. Use this time to make necessary preparations for that which I am calling you to bring forth into the world. And know that in this time of sacred pause, all your needs will be met and your family well cared for. Surrender to this time I am giving you. Trust in what I have shown you and know that all will be well.
So, apparently God is inviting me into my own Advent – a time of sacred pause. While the financial ramifications of this “sacred pause” cause me a bit of trepidation, I know trusting in Divine guidance and surrendering to what God is giving me is the only path to my highest good and to the good of my family and to those to whom I minister. So to God’s invitation, I say, “yes!”
Inviting Prayerful Support
I also know that in this time of sacred pause, I am not alone. As such, I am taking the advice of some wonderful authors who recently fell into my lap: “Don’t forget to ask for people’s prayerful support when you are in need.” So…..this is what I am asking of you. I am inviting your prayerful support as I surrender to this time of sacred pause. I am inviting your patience and understanding as I may be cutting back on blogging a bit. And most importantly, I am asking for your prayers that I am able to surrender my fears and trust all that God has shown me and trust the promises that God has made to me during this time of prayerful Presence and preparation and that I remain rooted in humility as I respond to God, “Let it be done to me according to your word.”
Your Own Advent
I would also invite you to take time to be open to how God may be calling you to enter into your own Advent during this holiday season. How is God calling you to birth God in the world? How are you being called to be made ready for this call? How are you being invited to create a sacred pause in your own life? And know that as you hold these questions within your own heart, that I too hold you in prayerful support.
Authentic Freedom Ministries