This Season of Receiving

Wait, that’s not right…this is the season of Giving! This is the season when our consumer-driven society steps back if only for a moment and gives to someone else–family members, those less-fortunate, or a carefully chosen charity with whose principles and actions we agree. There…that feels good, doesn’t it? Tis the season! But the Season of Receiving? After all, this season is not supposed to be about us, is it?

Well, my friends, what do you think this season is about, then? “…And they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.'” Advent is the Season of Receiving, the season of opening ourselves enough to see what God’s coming into our lives means. God is with US! God is not standing on the threshold of our lives waiting for the timing to be right. God is not “up there” waiting for us to get it right. And God is not restricted to a lowly manger waiting for us to find our way there. In God’s wisdom, the bursting forth of the Divine into humanity did not wait for an invitation, did not question whether or not there was perhaps a more appropriate time, and did not wait for us to get ourselves together. God came and comes and comes and comes. God is here! God is WITH us! God is with US! This is our Season of Receiving. “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

So go forth and receive!

Grace and Peace,

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