So, it’s coming up on the 2nd Sunday of Advent already. Do you know where your presents are? Or, are you content with presence? If the latter is true, welcome to the 11th Hour Preacher party, where today we feature John the Baptist in the wilderness, the prophet Malachi, with his refiner’s fire and fuller’s soap, guaranteed to make you fit for the presence of God. Alternately, you can hang out with Baruch, or you can sit in prison with Paul, who, even so, is confident that God has begun a good work in us and will bring it to completion…. someday, somehow….You can find an insightful commentary and discussion of the various texts here.
Today, I’m serving blueberry pancakes, orange juice, fair trade coffee and good earth tea (cinnamon). I’ve got some holiday treats as well, kringla, lefse, krumkake. Do you have some holiday specialty you’d like to offer?
I started out thinking about the reading from Malachi. Then I changed my mind and worked on the gospel. A little later I changed my mind again. I didn’t leave John entirely, but I was drawn to include some thoughts on Philippians. My congregation is in the midst of making some tough decisions, and I thought it might be good to remember who it is that began a good work in us so long ago… and trust that he will bring that work to completion.
How about you? Been changing your mind much this week? Or repenting? Tell us about it. And have a cup of coffee too.