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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 1, 2013

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SUNDAY, December 1     Advent 1

Isaiah 2:3. Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.

Mountaintop experiences in scripture often bring people to extraordinary encounters with God. In Isaiah’s vision, people will stream to the mountain, marching to meet their God. The whole season of Advent could be seen as a journey to a mountaintop experience at Christmas.

I think we often forget that in order to have the mountaintop experience, you have to climb the mountain. The most amazing encounters between God and God’s people in the scriptures are almost never convenient or instantly accessible. We have to go on a journey first, and that work prepares us.

Advent isn’t just a season of waiting around. In our busy, go-go culture, creating some space, some stillness, some silence, is a pretty radical and difficult thing to do. For me, finding ten minutes of stillness every day is about as hard as climbing a mountain. So I’m going to give it a try.

What is your mountain to climb in this Advent season?

PRAY for the Diocese of West Virginia (Province III, The Episcopal Church)

Ps 122; Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24:36-44



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