Thursday, December 10th, 2020
Hello dear friends—
To follow along in the book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” please read chapter 6.
Baruch 5:1-2 (NRSVCE)
The Book of Baruch can be found in the Apocrypha [apocrypha] and in the Old Testament for Catholics. *Additional references listed below.
“Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on forever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on the robe of the righteousness that comes from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting.”
Our Narnia story in chapter 6 tells us of all four Pevensie children walking into the wardrobe and into the snowy woods of Narnia. Susan, being the responsible girl, suggests that everyone grab a fur coat to wear since it is cold and snow covered in Narnia. Advent is a season of preparation. We all have our own ideas of what our preparation looks like. Some will fill their homes with sweet scents of the holiday, others will decorate with silver and gold with splashes of red and green. Other will hang stockings and other will hang the mistletoe. We may choose to listen to beautiful Christmas music or be entertained by holiday movies that touch our very souls. Family continue with old traditions and create new ones too. We share of our time and talents with friends, family and those in need. Just as Christ came for all, to save us all, should we not extend the same to others(?). This Advent season is about giving and receiving, not in the amount of money we spend or the size of the gifts we give…our gifts no matter the size or value is of no consequence if it is not given from LOVE! Love is and will always be the most important thing, Jesus came to be born out of LOVE, He died for us all out of LOVE, He forgives out of LOVE, and He’s coming again because of LOVE.
As we prepare for this Advent season be mindful of preparation, do not let it distract you from living and participating in the season. Susan could have over prepared for entering Narnia by packing clothing, food and survival gear to face the unknown but the coats were enough, their other needs were provided for by the Narnian’s they met along their journey. God does the same for us, stepping out in faith, prepared but following the call. The Bible tells us of many stories of God providing for His people; the children of Israel in the wilderness, God supplied them fresh manna from Heaven every day, and fresh water. Protected Daniel in the lions den. Even after Adam and Eve sinned, God still provide them with garments to wear. God is Good, God is always GOOD!
Questions for Reflection:
• Reflect on a time when God unexpectedly provided what you needed, especially if you were not even aware of the need.
—I have received money in the mail that I had completely forgotten about just in time to pay an unexpected bill.
—I have received an email with just the Bible verse I needed to hear during difficult times.
—I met a stranger who has become the friend, mentor and teacher, I didn’t know I needed and now I am forever changed and grateful.
• How is God providing what you need this Advent?
—Relationships with friends and family, staying in contact without being in contact with due to COVID-19.
• Is there something on your to-do-list that you can let go of, having faith that God will provide for you?
—Just because it used to always be a certain way doesn’t mean it can’t change into something new and perhaps even better.