Pastor’s Note: Advent – One Good Word

Advent words Hope Peace Joy Love

Loaves and Fishes

This is not
the age of information.

This is not
the age of information.

Forget the news,
and the radio,
and the blurred screen.

This is the time
of loaves
and fishes.

People are hungry,
and one good word is bread
for a thousand.

~ by David Whyte

“People are hungry, and one good word is bread for a thousand.” Advent is the season for one good word. Along with many churches all over the world, each of the four weeks of Advent we will light a candle and welcome one good word in anticipation of the coming of Christ – Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. Surely, these are good words and can illumine even, and perhaps especially, the darkest night.

Throughout this Advent season, I invite us to receive each Advent word as a gift, welcome each word as we would a guest, return to each word when we feel lost or depressed or overwhelmed or angry, and offer each word as a prayer or blessing for ourselves and others.

This kind of prayer is less about talking to God and more like allowing each word to set a gentle intention of the heart, to give our lives direction, to open our lives to the fullness of God’s presence, who is closer than our breath, closer than our thoughts. This kind of prayer begins to take us beyond conversation with God to communion with God. May we be generous in our prayer and share one good word with a world that hungers for the Hope, Peace, Joy and Love that Christ brings.

Advent Blessings,
Jeffrey

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