Advent Meditation: Everybody Can Serve …

Mary said, “behold, I am the servant of the Lord … “
— Luke 1:38

At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.
— Mother Teresa from Love: A Fruit Always in Season

God Among Us

Imagine how joyful life might be if we could simply place our anxieties in God’s hands knowing with confidence that God would take care of us. Yet, how does God take care of us if not through the kindness of others? As Christians we are called to act kindly and tenderly in our world, and this very kindness invites the presence of God among us.

Our role as God’s human creatures is not to make ourselves God, but to be the hands, feet, and heart of God in the world. When we are worried or upset, we need to hand these cares to God, since by doing so, we admit that we are not God.

Yet, there are times when God needs us. Because God is spirit, God must love the world through creatures — through us. When God needed Mary’s help, Mary offered herself.
— Joan Mueller from Praying Advent

Aliveness Flowing Into Us and Through Us

We “live and breathe and have our being” by sharing in God’s life. Ultimately life is the primal energy that fuels the universe. That aliveness flows into us as blessing and wants to flow out from us as blessing to others. We can bless others with a good word or a smile, a kind of action that goes completely unobserved, or simply a good wish in silence. What joy to become aware of blessing, of that special aliveness flowing into us and through us.
— David Steindl-Rast from Music of Silence

Everybody Can Serve

Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
— Martin Luther King, Jr. from A Knock At Midnight (The Drum Major Instinct)

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