Advent. Day 18 of 24
4th Sunday of Advent.
I went to church today. That is after a friend of mine saw me bogged down in the snow on my mobility scooter and pushed me out.
It was a Christmas focus of course. We heard and sang Christmas music, there were ten readings from scripture unpacking the story of Christmas, some prayers, and a short sermon. And the 4th and final Advent candle was lit.
The candle that represents love.
One of our pastors asked the congregation what ‘God’ is to them.
The answers came fast and furious.
I was surprised not to hear the word ‘love’ to describe who God is on this last Sunday of Advent.
I was sitting in the back so maybe someone said it and I didn’t hear.
But one word that stood out most to me was ‘friend’.
I got to wondering what that looks like practically. What does it mean to a person to think of God as a friend?
I know that so many people in this world are lonely. Many feel as though they don’t have a friend in the world. As a result, people do desperate things spurred on by their loneliness.
Sex to feel connected.
Drugs that kill.
Food that destroys.
Shopping to dull the senses.
TV binge watching to forget reality.
The list goes on. There is so much loneliness.
So many people don’t have a friend.
So many people don’t feel loved.
In this last week of Advent, I long for love to dominate everything.
I want to love and be loved.
I want to be a friend to someone who is lonely.
I want to be an instrument of God’s love. God’s friendship.
Love instead of fear
Come Lord Jesus