Members of the Household of God – First Monday of Advent

“You are strangers and aliens no longer. No you are fellow citizens of the saints and members if the household of God.” -Ephesians 2:19

I am struck by these words this morning. The Joy of Advent, the encounter seeps into me during my morning prayer. I desire so deeply to share my joy with those God has put in my path. The stress of the day fills my mind, the anxiety presses in and I forget. I loose sight of his truth, that I am a stranger no longer, a citizen of the household of God. My joy is stolen, and for a while I let it be had. A new encounter with a few more words become an encounter with him: “No one who believes in him will be put to shame” (Romans 10). As I wonder if I am enough, if I am doing it right, if I am a success, I forget who I am, and how he loves- irrevocably. Who is God that he cares for me, and who would have thought that this love would take so much courage? But I will press in, because Advent is a time when God makes all things new, he calls, and while I thought that any more change would be impossible, he does not leave me alone in the darkness.

-M

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