I rather like the work ‘abide’. There’s a depth and a permanence to it. The one abides is not just ‘with us’ in a passing way, but in a lasting way. The one who abides remains with us always. The abiding Christ is among us always, seen or unseen, the presence of and testament to the steadfastness of God.
Sometimes we do not recognise Christ who abides, often quietly and hidden. Sometimes we do not hear the voice of Christ behind the conversations we have, or see the face of Christ behind the face of those we meet. Sometimes we catch glimpses which make us yearn more for the abiding knowledge of Christ’s presence.
Underhill’s prayer seems apt as we seek the abiding presence of Christ in all the changing and challenging circumstances of this season: “Lord, teach me to be more alert, humble, expectant than I have been in the past, ever ready to encounter you in quiet, homely ways.”
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.