Dec 10, 2014

Advent Dreams: A Garland Instead of Ashes

Here’s an advent reflection from Rachel Hackenburg

A Garland Instead of Ashes
(inspired by Isaiah 61:3, Psalm 126:2, Luke 1:46b-48)

When can we dream,
if not in this season of Advent?

When can we make room
in our hearts, in our worship, in our preaching,
for the possibility of something wildly and divinely new,
if not in Advent?

The LORD has sent you to dream
of protesters draped in garlands not ashes,
of the poor and mourning marked by oil rather than sackcloth,
of churches resounding with praise not silence, so that
all the world sees this planting of the LORD,
this seed of a hope of God's glory. (Isaiah 61:3)

The LORD has called us to dream
of restoration for all people, of justice and relationship
raining down in abundance so much
that we laugh and sing together
and no one says,
"See how they fight and rage; see how they crush
their own brothers & sisters under the weight of inequity,"
but rather
"See how the LORD lives through them." (Psalm 126:2)

God has given the world a song
that imagines a so-called welfare mother
bearing God into the world,
a boy of color meant to save the world;
a song that recasts the mother as blessed
and praises the boy as Lord. (Luke 1:46b-48)

Rejoice always.

Testify to the light.

Preach God's imagination.

~ written by Rachel Hackenberg, and posted on RevGalBlogPals.