In a few weeks, I will stand in a manger built around the altar and lead worship. I will watch in awe as candlelight pierces darkness, and listen in peace as so many voices sing of a beautifully silent night. My heart will again fill with joy and love and hope. Alas, the moment is fleeting - lasting for only a few minutes once each year. But really, it doesn't have to be so short-lived. For you reach out to me, you come to me, every moment of every day. You meet me in the spaces of my life, and in the emotions of my soul. You open your hands and offer up your perfect Love and Grace. Often I am far too focused upon earthly matters, intellectual challenges, and worldly struggles with power, greed, or fear to even notice. Yet, my life is designed by you to be spiritual. I am purposed to live in YOUR kingdom, not MINE. So again and again, you come into my space and time knowing that nothing of this world can ever separate me from you permanently. You come and break down my walls. You come carrying the only gifts I truly need to be at peace and to feel true joy.
Thus, O Lord my God, today I pray to be with you again as a child, looking intently and inquisitively into your manger, staring at you in awe and wonder with my imagination flowing wildly. I want to escape the burdens of adulthood and earthly concerns. I want to know your Grace and Love as only a child can. Come, O Lord, Come. Open my eyes, as the eyes of a child. Today is yet another Advent of your coming. Amen.
-Rev Jeffrey G Mikyska