2019 Advent Devotional: Fri, 12/6

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Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4

The Lord’s House

In these verses Isaiah tells of a vision of the Lord’s house with all nations streaming to it and with all nations beating their swords into plowshares and not learning war any more. Was Isaiah thinking of a structure or possibly something else more permanent than a worldly structure? In Luke 17:20-21, Jesus told us, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

How might we look for the Lord’s house this Christmas? I just came across the following story of how a child discovered God.

An eight-year-old named Ryan had come home and told his mother that something very unusual had happened that day at his Montessori school. Ryan reported excitedly that a monk taught them about God and used a Bell Meditation. When his mother asked what that was, he said, “Well, he told us to watch where the sound went and to listen carefully. I didn’t know you could watch a sound and listen at the same time. It was very interesting. He said that if you followed where the sound went, that you might get closer to God. And I did that.”

His mother said, “Yes, and …?” The boy said, “Well, when I watched and listened to where the sound went, I didn’t get closer to God. I was God.”

Out of the mouths of babes come the simple truths. So how can we learn from Ryan this Christmas season? Ryan’s story reminded me of an experience I had last Christmas. Katherine and I had gone to a Christmas concert by the Colorado Symphony. I had decided to close my eyes and listen to the music without focusing on the orchestra. They played a new arrangement of “O’ Holy Night” that was celestial in nature. The best way I can describe its effect on me is that in my mind’s eye I was seeing energy waves from the cosmos flowing over me, and there was a deep feeling of gratitude for Jesus and a presence of Love and Joy within.

Prayer: I pray that hearing the Christmas music this year shall be for all of us an opportunity to discover God within just as Ryan discovered.

~Homer Knearl