Today’s focus on seeing God coming among us in ‘unexpected, disguised and inconspicuous ways’ struck a chord with me. I am preaching this morning about the Advent call to “Look!” “See!” “Behold!” and how it is a call not to look away: not to look away from people drowning in the channel because there is no safe route for them, not to look away from families choosing between heating and eating this Christmas, not to look away from the unfolding climate catastrophe. Advent calls us to confront the world as it is, even as we long for the transforming coming of God. But it also calls us to acknowledge that the world as it is is already infused with God’s presence, if only we are attentive enough to discern it.
“Only a spiritual disposition which thus puts the whole emphasis on God, perpetually turning to God and losing itself in God, is safe,” says Underhill. May this Advent, and all our Advent observances, draw us more deeply into that disposition of dependence on God and desire for God. In my sermon this morning I am using one of my favourite quotes from Teresa of Avila:
"Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid, all things pass away, God never changes, patience obtains everything, God alone is enough."
Over the last few months I have been contemplating that phrase: “God alone is enough”. If God alone is enough, then what does that mean for how I live my life? Perhaps this advent season, with its deep attentiveness to God’s presence and God’s coming, will draw me more deeply into that reality of God’s perfect sufficiency, and all that it means for us, God’s creatures.
This year for #AdventBookClub we are reading ‘Music of Eternity: meditations for Advent with Evelyn Underhill’ by Robyn Wrigley-Carr. Join the conversation in the Facebook group, or by following the hashtag on Twitter.