Advent Devotional for Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

Lectionary readings for:

Morning Ps. 18:1-20, 147:12-20

Evening Ps. 126, 62

Isa. 28:9-22

Rev. 20:11-21:8

Luke 1:5-25


As I was reading each of the passages, waiting for something inspirational to spring out from the page and whack me in the face, I was slightly bothered that many of the texts had violent themes. God’s delivering from the enemy, God’s anger, God’s justice: it felt more inundating, more frustrating, than relieving. In light of Newtown, heightened Palestinian and Israeli unrest, Syrian conflict, and others, it just seemed like too much and only added another log to the flames.frustrated

And yet, I am reminded that anger can be good, it can be useful, and it can be productive. What we need is to find creative ways in which to channel our anger. I know, that’s one of the tricky parts. So, while we’re trying to figure that out, let’s start with what’s right in front of us: ourselves, our families, friends, co-workers, and those we happen to pass by. As Mother Teresa said, “Just begin, one, one, one. Begin at home by saying something good to your child, to your husband or your wife. Begin by helping someone in need in your community, at work, or at school. Begin by making whatever you do something beautiful for God.”


Dear God, in the midst of tragedies that leave us stunned, angry, and blindsided, please help us to positively channel those emotions by beginning with simple things like random acts of kindness. Amen.


-Mariko Tinaya

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