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On Sunday, the readings and Collect for the day spoke about power.

“Stir up your power” the Collect pleads to God.

Show up.

We need You.

We are helpless.

Our enemies are against us.

Power, as I said on Sunday, can be understood in many ways.

It can be seen in machinery.

It can manifest in abusive leaders.

It can be given through friendship.

Or kindness.

Or forgiveness.

The Israelites had an idea about power.

They had an expectation about Messiah and power.

Of Whom Messiah would be.

A Conquering King.

A Mighty Warrior.

Their Saving Help.

Certainly not a “Man of Sorrows, acquainted grief.”

How is their power in that?

Or power in waiting for that matter?

Advent is the season of waiting.

Waiting for the long-promised Messiah.

Waiting on God to manifest His plan.

Waiting on the relief of their misery.

And it is a reminder of our call to wait as well.

During the times when God’s promises seem far away.

As we seek to understand where God is moving.

When we look for where our Help will come from.

And Help will come.

Not because we deserve it.

Not because we’ve earned it.

Not because we say or do the right things.

But because God seeks mercy.

And justice.

And is a purveyor of Hope.

To the meek.

The lowly of heart.

To us.

Who, while we had nothing to offer,

Were still a part of God’s plan.

As Paul writes,

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

Or maybe translated like this:

While we were in the midst of our mess,

God knew the need before we did

And gave a solution only God could give.

Brothers and sisters.

We are a community of people that is to have waiting always on our minds.

We know Jesus will return.

But we don’t know when.

Or how.

But we do know we are called to keep awake.

To stand guard over our souls.

And this unique power of God,

To take care of us,

Will manifest itself at the right opportunity.

Veni Domine Jesu

Come Lord Jesus

This is our prayer.

And our hope.

And the Hope of the nations.