Advent Reflections

Advent Reflection | Tuesday, December 15

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Kristi Jones:

The pandemic has brought weariness. Weariness of methodically planning grocery store trips, of being on Zoom all day, of hearing the news, of worrying about this scary virus with many unknowns. It seems like all of us are pandemic-weary. 

Amidst all of this, Good Shepherd is a source of light and hope. Virtual worship and other virtual activities provide some social connection at a time of disconnection. The food pantry, the clothes closet, the food pantry garden, the Thanksgiving to-go…these provide hope. Hope for those in the neighborhoods around our churches that they will be supported — with food, clothes, and love. 

Hope for us as church members that we can continue to love and serve our neighbors—that we will have enough to share and ways to share it. 

Much has changed since March. Pandemic fear, racism anger, election anxiety and overall weariness exist in mass quantities. Good Shepherd as a church, and we as individuals, are called to do the hard work that needs to be done — despite our weariness. To be forces for good in the world, forces for social justice and racial justice and peace and love.   

When we sing “All Are Welcome,” there’s a line: “live the Word they’ve known.” During this pandemic and beyond, may we live the Word of God that we’ve known, and be ongoing sources of light and hope and joy and good news to others. 

John 1:5 

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   

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