Today is the first Sunday in Advent. Our lessons for today are full of apocalyptic images – the heavens torn open, the mountains quake, the sun turning dark, the moon without light, stars falling from the heavens all speak of the end of time.
Yet even amid of these images of destruction, our lesson from Isaiah ends with “you are the potter, we are the clay, the work on your hand.” This is a reminder that God created us and is intimately involved in our life. A potter molds and forms each piece, and sometimes he crumbles it up and starts over to remake that which will be good, useful or beautiful. He glazes it and fires it to make it strong. God's presence and involvement in our life is the sign of his faithfulness
So even though we do things in this life that God disapproves of, he is faithful to guide us back into his presence, and through his son, Jesus Christ we are redeemed, forgiven and restored. So this Advent, be watchful - keep alert to His presence, and seek opportunities to serve him in this world.
Lord, open my eyes that I might see you as you are present in my life and to proclaim your coming to a world in need of your love and mercy. Amen.