Wednesday of the fourth week of Advent
The readings for the day can be found here.
The first reading comes from the Song of Songs, a book known for its themes of love. We are called to “arise and come”… the winter has passed, and the rains are over and gone. The tumult of yesterday is over, we are now able to open our eyes and live for today. We must notice the beautiful graces God has given us today. We must embrace all of the love in our lives: the love we receive from God and also the love we receive from those we surround ourselves with. While we await the coming of the Lord, we must also embrace everything in bloom today. Let God hear your voice, so sweet and lovely. Allow God to know what you are thankful for today. Sing to God your song of praise for your life, your happiness, and your faith. Allow yourself to be filled with the Holy Spirit and rejoice.
While we prepare for both the spiritual coming of the Lord and the approaching holiday to be spent with family and friends, may we pause. May we open our eyes to the people we have been blessed with; may we open our eyes to gifts we have been given; may we embrace the love, joy, hope, and happiness that fill the air. And may we rejoice over this and sing a new song to the Lord. Thank God for the Holy Spirit for the gift of life and all of its blessings. Do not get wrapped up in the consumerism of the season, but rather embrace the fruitfulness of today. Finally, never forget the glory of the season: embrace the coming of God’s only Son, for those who believe in the Lord will be fulfilled.
Perry Cole is a senior from St. Louis, Missouri. She studies Theological Studies, Political Science, and Women’s Studies. She is also president of Alpha Phi Omega, the national service fraternity on campus.