December 4, 2016
Second Sunday of Advent
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.
After Christmas last year, I stopped in Savannah, Georgia, for an afternoon. The object of my pilgrimage--the birthplace of writer Flannery O'Connor--was closed, so I headed to the Cathedral across the square...as did dozens of others. Tour buses unloaded and passers-by stopped in. I thought it was because it was a beautiful, historic building, but they were coming to see the large, gorgeous creche scene inside.
I took a look at the creche myself and then sat in a pew for a while, just watching. People waited patiently in line to view the nativity, but then they stayed and craned their necks to study the ceiling, gazed at the stained glass windows, pondered the furnishings.
There are many ways to welcome each other in Christ. We listen, we offer food, we smile, we make room. But it all starts with an open door, inviting all to encounter the glory, the beauty, the challenge and the mercy of Christ.
Lord, may I live a spirit of welcome to all this season.
- Amy Welborn
Isaiah 11:1-10|Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17|Romans 15:4-9|Matthew 3:1-12