Christ Episcopal Church
The Mother Church of The Dakotas
Life That Arise of Itself
I enjoyed telling you last Sunday about the little girl who was sitting on her grandfather’s lap and listening to the story of creation from the book of Genesis. As the wondrous story unfolded, grandfather noticed how quiet the child had become and asked her, “Well dear, what do you think of it?” Little granddaughter replied, “It’s awesome! You just never know what God is going to do next!
This season of Advent is a time that reminds us, in Jesus’ words, to “Be awake, and keep alert” (from Mark’s gospel) for “what God is going to do next!” As people of faith, we believe that the Creator God keeps doing new things, presenting us and the world with new opportunities, just as God has done from the very beginning of creation. This happens not so much by our efforts or striving or lack thereof, but it is “Life that arises of itself.” We may also call it Divine Grace, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. This Presence, this Grace, this Life That Arises of Itself can also help us grow from our struggles and transform our suffering if we allow it some spaciousness in our lives. As the Christian mystic, Hildegard of Bingen prayed:
In Christ’s boundless love,
“Holy Spirit, giving life to all life, moving all creatures, root of all things, washing them clean, wiping out their mistakes, healing their wounds, you are our true life, luminous, wonderful, awakening the heart from its ancient sleep.”
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