Advent 4 – Love Can’t Wait*

Dec 23, 2019

COURAGE CAN’T WAIT

When people talk about love they talk about heartbreak. They talk about the love that got away, and the love that left them longing.

When people talk about love rarely do they say, “Be brave.” I wish they would.

To love is to pull the oxygen from your lungs and to say, “Here, take a breath.” To love is to come out from hiding, to allow the light to shine on you. To love is to wear your heart outside of your body – fingers crossed that the holder handles it with care. To love is to trust that sometimes hurt and pain come with the territory, but you’re going to love anyway. So love anyway.

Love like there’s no tomorrow. Love as if love is not a scarcity. Love like Mary, who cradled a baby amidst the threat of being stoned. And love like Joseph, who took a child in that he knew was not his own.

Of course I say all of this because I need to hear it too. There are dusty corners of my heart that I still protect – love stored up like grain while the world is in famine.

So the next time you see me, remind me to be brave. The next time you see me, invite me to stand in the light with you. The next time you see me, handle with care and maybe, just maybe, we’ll find a holy and wild love that won’t wait.

When people talk about love they talk about heartbreak. Rarely do they say,”be brave.” I wish they would.

*We are grateful for A Sanctified Art LLC, http://www.sanctifiedart.org for providing  materials used in our 2019 Advent worship.

Poetry Prayers by Sarah Are; A Sanctified Art LLC (sanctifiedart.org)