Waiting Without Busyness by Greg Rickel Bishop of Olympia

by Christine Sine

This morning’s post comes from Bishop Greg Rickel Episcopal Bishop of Olympia.  Bishop Rickel comes from Austin Texas where he served as rector of St James Episcopal church.

Bishop Rickel at Church of the Apostles

Jesus is coming, look busy!   We have all heard that little bit of Christian humor.   In Matthew we hear that the one to be honored is the one that is found at work when the master arrives.  I am not sure the “bumper sticker” above is quite what Matthew had in mind.  Jesus would not want work, for works sake, but work with a purpose, work directed at a hope.  The alternative is an impatient waiting, whereby our minds and hearts wander, and in that confusion we can easily lose our way.  It is a waiting predicated on the notion that, perhaps, God has forgotten us, is not coming after all, is not watching.   The work Matthew speaks of, is work based on a belief that God is in our midst, and also working.   The beauty of the “waiting” we do every Advent is the story itself.   In its totality we are reminded that God has never wavered, has always been present, and will always be.  Jesus’ resurrection made us know eternity and the ever present reality of our Lord.    Our readings for this day in Advent remind us that even in our waiting for the incarnate God, in Jesus Christ, God is with us all the time.   Our God is not a “sometimes” God.  God fills all space and time.  God is always there….who was, and is, and is to come.

Prayer:  Holy One, the One who gives us purpose and calls us to be keenly aware and awake; the One who calls us to clear a pathway for our God so that he might find a place in every heart.  We pray that we will not shy away from that work, and that you will give us the strength to stay with that task, for your promise to us, as we make our way ever toward you,  is a promise of hope and life.  In the Name of the One who was, and is, and is to come.  Amen.

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