advent: precursor

“He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children
to their parents…” (Malachi 4:6)

These words, the last in the Old Testament, echo the hope and heart cry of so many, even more poignantly in this season of waiting. The verses also provide a segue to the New Testament and the coming Messiah. 

The Word of God tells us we meet Christ in the following order:
1) We are confronted with the big picture of God’s Kingdom, shaking up and shattering our narrow view of our lives and world.
2) His words have the power to convert our thoughts, inspiring us to embrace good, true possibilities through Jesus’ offer of grace, displacing shame, guilt, fear.
3) We are consoled and find deep healing, resulting in new hearts and new ways of thinking and viewing our circumstances.

We are told, “goodness is its own reward and evil is its own punishment.”

I long for this to be true; for the day I see good triumph. Maybe you can join me as I determine to continue hoping for restoration. May we together find consolation and encouragement as we live connected to this time and place in this world.

Daily Meditations for Advent (Richard Rohr, 2008)

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