IS 45:6C-8, 18, 21C-25
PS 85: 9AB AND 10; 11-12, 13-14
LK 7: 18B-23
“I am the Lord, there is no other…”
With these eight words at the beginning of today’s first Reading, everything is made clear. When the Lord is Number One in life, everything else seems to fall into place. Dealing with the daily challenges of life can be a little easier knowing that we are not walking alone. The little things don’t weigh us down. We have more patience when dealing with difficult people. The glass is half full rather than half empty. When we put other material things before our relationship with God, things soon become out of balance. Work becomes the primary focus and the source of self-worth. Material possessions become more important than spiritual well-being. I like to compare finding this balance with an automobile. When something goes wrong with an automobile, it can throw everything else off. One low tire messes up the alignment for the entire vehicle. Being low on oil impacts the functioning of the engine. Everything is connected, and if one part is out of balance, the entire car is affected.
I like to think of Advent as the time to get things back in balance. The weeks before Christmas are spent with preparations for the holiday. There are cards to be written, gifts to be purchased and wrapped, decorations to be put up, cookies to be baked, parties to attend, and on and on. Advent is the time to remind us to pay attention to our spiritual lives and to find that balance that comes when God is first and foremost in our lives. Later in the Reading we are reminded: “Turn to me and be safe, all you ends of the earth, for I am God; there is no other!” So just in case we didn’t hear it at the beginning of the Reading, we are reminded again!
May these remaining days of Advent provide an opportunity to bring balance back into our lives. When we truly realize that God is God and place our lives in God’s hands, Christmas will be a time to celebrate both the birth of our Savior and a renewal of new life within our hearts. There can be no greater gift.
Cathy Zimmer is the Business Manager for the College of Arts and Sciences.