Ninth Day of Advent
Thank you for those ways and times in which you come to us unbidden and unexpected; thank you for those ways and times in which you come to us unrealized and unrecognized.
While it is our heart’s desire to know you and so to recognize you when you come, it is good for us that it doesn’t always work that way.
For one thing, sometimes it is good for our ego that we don’t recognize you when you come; being who we are, it is all too easy for us to swell with up with pride and to develop a sense of privilege and entitlement.
For another thing, sometimes it is a good test of our faithfulness when we don’t recognize you; we need to be faithful to you and to respond with love and grace in any and all situations as if it is you to whom we are responding whether or not we perceive your presence.
So thank you for those times when you come to us and we don’t know it. Thank you for how you work in such times to teach us how to live and to help us grow in our faithfulness to you.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!