Advent Reflections: Day 14

May your help be with the man of your right hand,
with the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.

Psalm 80:18-19

Many of the readings for today mention the prophet, Elijah. The Old Testament reading comes from the book of Isaiah and contains this reference, “In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah whose words were as a flaming furnace.” And the New Testament reading comes from the book of Matthew in which Jesus speaks of Elijah as he relates to another prophet, John the Baptist. The idea that forms through these readings and the Psalm reading above is that we have help, we have fore-runners, we have words that are as a “flaming furnace.”

During this time of waiting we can look to these words, these prophets, these forerunners for light and encouragement. Keeping our focus right in a time fraught with stress, consumerism, outside stimulation and competing messages means that we access all the resources we can muster to feel the support we need. Today, find your focus again, use your anchoring image or the image that our position today brings, that of the Dove.

Standing Dove

Standing Dove

From Standing (or from Standing Cross) hands in Prayer Position,  find your balance, lift at the heart, contract at the abdominals and draw on leg back. Contract at the glute and lift that leg, keeping your body pitched slightly forward to protect your lower back and keeping your knee soft on the standing leg. Open your arms into “dove” position, palms are facing out, shoulders are away from the ears. Breathe here, holding your focus for the season and feeling the stretch in the chest and arms and the good work being done by your lower body as you hold this. Do not forget to come back to Standing and do the position on the other leg.

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