Advent Reflections: Day 10

Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
Indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.

A voice cries out:
In the desert prepare the way of the LORD!
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill shall be made low;
The rugged land shall be made a plain,
the rough country, a broad valley.
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Is 40:1-5

The words of Isaiah- words about comfort, about voices crying in the wilderness, about mountains leveled and valleys filled, these words speak to the very heart of us this season. Our lives are bumpy, fraught with uncertainty. We do not know what lies around the next corner and we cannot possibly plan for every possibility. The season of Advent is a time of preparation, we wait, we hope, we live in the tension of our shared history and our uncertain future in this life. When we break from the norm of shopping and cooking and decorating we may find ourselves lost. For as long as we are engaged in the things we know how to do to prepare for Christmas, things like cooking, shopping, decorating or even worrying… we feel some sense of control. The steady march toward Christmas becomes about “doing” rather than listening, waiting, contemplating, praying. We keep ourselves busy. And in doing that, we lose the sense of glory that God is revealing to us. He is making the way straight, He is smoothing out the rugged country so that His glory is revealed.  Make ROOM for this today.

Glory

Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all people shall see it together;
for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

Our position for the 10th day of this series is called Glory and it is a physical reminder of making room for this. The position of “Glory” opens the hips, stretches the inner thigh and helps to move us into this next part of the season. Begin in Standing and take a step back, into a wide and “anchored” foot position- feet more than shoulder width apart and feet perpendicular to one another. Bend at the knee on the forward facing leg and lift arms to Praise, shoulders stay down away from your ears, heart if lifted.  To intensify this position widen your stance. Focus on keeping your bent knee behind your big toe and open at the hips. Hold and breathe here the verse for the position. If you’d like you can circle your arms through from Prayer Position, to Prayer Breathing, then to Praise. With each breath, imagine the distractions of the season leveling off, the way becoming straight, the road clear and focus on making room for the revelation of God’s glory.

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