Jgs. 13:2-7, 24-25; Ps. 71:3-4, 5-6, 16-17; Lk. 1:5-25
“Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety for you are my rock and my fortress.” Psalm 71:3
Whenever I think of the great mountains throughout our world, I recall my journeys to the high places in our country and how magnificent they are. They are powerful, mighty and wonderful examples of creation not molded by human hands. While they provide protection from mighty storms, they also produce devastating winds, fires and waters that destroy many things created by our hands. It is during these times of pain and suffering that I call upon my God who comforts and protects me; who calls upon my ability to reach out to the Spirit seeking the strength to work through my anxiety, my impatience, my difficulties and my discouragement. I believe Jesus will never leave us alone.
O, Jesus, Savior and Brother, come and save us! Let each one of us live in the expectation and desire of God’s return to us. Amen.
Deepen my trust and renew my strength.
Today’s Advent reflection is by Dorothy Jackson, SCN, Louisville, Kentucky.
Painting by Marth Walsh, SCN, Quincy, Massachusetts