“Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb…”In her grief, Mary is at the tomb. She is there early, in darkness. The resurrection light dawns on her before many others. Jesus speaks powerfully into her life, because she is there, at the tomb, on the first day, early, in the darkness. Where are you these days in your life? Do you seek the Lord in the high places, in the exuberant celebrations, in the noise? Sometime we find him by the tomb places. He is risen! Resurrect us Lord!
“In the beginning…the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said…” God’s act of creation does not settle with making something out of nothing. God speaks with the power to bring form and order to it all and to bring light to the darkness. What does God’s action suggest to us about the purpose of those called to lead in the family, the church, and the world? May our leadership in all spheres follow your heart and your ways O God.
“So then let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober…since we belong to the day.” Advent begins with themes of waiting for the promises of God and coming of a Savior. We are reminded that one of the dangers of waiting is the temptation to fall asleep as the people of God. In what ways am I asleep these days? In what ways do I manifest that I am a child of light? – Keep us awake gracious God, to your saving work in the world that we might join you in it.