Third Week of Advent
so that all might believe through him. (John 1:6-8)
Thanks to time, perspective, and most of all, the grace of God and those I have encountered, I continue to be humbled – moved beyond a sense of my self-righteousness, and into a space of more authentic listening, learning, and loving. These moments, in all their discomfort and vulnerability, become my testimony; through the gift of growth, I can “testify to the light.”
|Katie Delaney (bottom right) serving with Good Shepherd Volunteers in Chile, delivering a Namaste blessing
with the Raìces de la Paz (Roots of Peace) women’s group she helped facilitate.
Focus on Community: In this Gospel, the questions posed by John’s community invite him to name who he is and what he is about. Community often provides this challenge and gift – holding a mirror up to our past, present, and future and reflecting how all these complexities meld and meet the world. How do your communities help you own your truth? In community, how can we help each other “testify to the light” within?
Service Suggestion: Spend some time reflecting upon someone in your community who has helped you grow more into who you aspire to be. Write a note of appreciation, take them out to coffee, or find some unique way to affirm them and acknowledge the influence they have had.
Prayer: Our Power to Bless One Another by John O’Donohue (Excerpt from To Bless the Space Between Us)
In the parched deserts of postmodernity a blessing can be like the discovery of a fresh well. It would be lovely if we could rediscover our power to bless one another. I believe each of us can bless. When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere. Some of the plenitude flows into our hearts from the invisible neighborhood of loving kindness. In the light and reverence of blessing, a person or situation becomes illuminated in a completely new way. In a dead wall a new window opens, in dense darkness a path starts to glimmer, and into a broken heart healing falls like morning dew. It is ironic that so often we continue to live like paupers though our inheritance of spirit is so vast. The quiet eternal that dwells in our souls is silent and subtle; in the activity of blessing it emerges to embrace and nurture us. Let us begin to learn how to bless one another. Whenever you give a blessing, a blessing returns to enfold you.
– Katie Delaney