December 4, 2016
Second Sunday of Advent
Open-Door Policy
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Romans 15:7
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 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


December 4, 2016 at 01:26 PM

Amen. :)

December 4, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Thank you Amy for such a wonderful inspiration. I always love visiting a beautiful church whenever I'm near one.

Lord, help me to always offer a welcome to others in Your name. Amen.

December 4, 2016 at 10:22 AM

"Lord, may I live a spirit of welcome to all this season".
My mantra for the rest of Advent...and God willing - always!
Thank you Amy. I agree, I felt as if I was there in Savannah
with you. Beautiful image. Thank you again.

December 4, 2016 at 09:06 AM

So welcoming and so peaceful!

Even more so with the picture Isaiah described in 11:6-9a, "Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra’s den, and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all My Holy mountain;"

Can you imagine that scene above? How will it happen? Hear the answer in Isaiah 11:9b, "for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea."

When we know Jesus, we know peace as Jack has said it before.......Know Jesus, know peace! No Jesus, no peace!

Jesus is coming back soon! Isaiah described it this way in 11:3-5, "And His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what His eyes see, or decide disputes by what His ears hear, but with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt of His waist, and faithfulness the belt of His loins."

I love the book of Isaiah - it is called the Gospel of the Old Testament!

With the Psalm and today's readings, I pray, "Lord Jesus, justice shall flourish in Your time, and fullness of peace for ever. May the God of endurance and encouragement
grant us to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with You, Christ Jesus, that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Help us to welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed us, for the glory of God, Lord Jesus Christ. May we be an unified voice of one crying out in the desert,
prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths for His people. We don't want to be religious people like the Pharisees and Sadducees of Your days! Baptize us with Your Holy Spirit and fire as we watch for Your beauty in the faces we encounter this Christmas season! Amen!

December 4, 2016 at 02:20 PM

What wonderful scenario as we look forward to the "Birth of the Christ Child!

Btw, interesting about the book of Isaiah being the "gospel of the OT"...had never heard that...Thanks Salina!

December 4, 2016 at 08:59 AM

Our parish had Eucharistic Adoration for vocations to the priesthood this weekend. When I went in the church at 6 o' clock this morning, there was the monstrance on the altar and right below it was the creche. Baby Jesus wasn't their yet but just seeing those adoring figures in their places already and the monstrance hovering on the altar...Well it was a special moment.
Thank you Amy for the lovely sharing! God bless all the LF family during advent.

December 4, 2016 at 07:46 AM

Lovely reflection. I felt like I was there

December 4, 2016 at 06:58 AM

Thank You Amy.


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