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Friday, December 23, 2016

Scripture Reading | Hebrews 1:1–4

Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (NRSV)

Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’

Whether these lyrics bring to mind the Carly Simon hit or the backdrop for a ketchup commercial that promised taste that was worth the wait, anticipation is certainly a familiar feeling to all of us. The playful anticipation of children is palpable in these days as they await the arrival of Christmas goodies. At the same time, we know that many among us facing poverty, illness, and loss are experiencing more anxious forms of anticipation.

I think today’s passage from Hebrews is calling us to still another form of waiting—a sort of courageous anticipation—actively preparing to commit ourselves more fully to bringing wholeness and justice to life wherever and however we can. We can’t do this alone. But, as our passage tells us, we don’t have to. God has indeed spoken to us by a Son who sustains all things by his powerful Word. Joy to the world!

Dear God, as Christmas nears, open our hearts to the courageous anticipation the coming of your Son makes possible. May we tap the grace he provides to commit ourselves to things truly worth the wait—advancing the promises of peace and justice. Amen.

Written by Jim Kulich, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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