December 8th Advent Devotional

Preparing Sacred Space

Tara Wilkins

Zechariah 1:16-17

 Advent begins with the voice of the prophets preparing the way for the One who is coming. Zechariah’s vision proclaims God’s presence in the sacred space of Jerusalem. God reminded the people that Their house would be built out of compassion. God held up a vision of comfort and reassurance because the people needed the reminder that God was still present. They needed to know and experience God’s ever-present love. In the midst of today’s troubled and unsettled world, the need for sacred places that provide sanctuary, hope, joy, love and peace is greater than ever before.

Our world, indeed our country, is full of fear and atrocities. The world that Jesus was born into was also chaotic and uncertain. People had lost their moral compass in the wilderness. Fear and the hunger for power ruled the day. Violence reigned. But God provided another vision, a vision of hope and prosperity and peace. God said there was another way.

As Advent unfolds, we recognize that the Prince of Peace will soon be reborn into our lives on Christmas. In the meantime, let us prepare for the birth of hope, by turning our hearts into sacred spaces of love and peace.

Holy One, walk with us through Advent as we prepare for the presence of the One whom you sent to show us the way. Help us to prepare our hearts to receive Your love and hope. Amen.

Rev. Tara Wilkins, pastor at Bridgeport United Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon, and executive director of the Community of Welcoming Congregations.

©2018 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group. This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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