Protect me. O God, for I take refuge in you . . . O God, you are my portion and my cup . . . In your presence there is fullness of joy. Psalm 16:1, 5, & 11
Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of hope and anticipation, of preparation and longing for the incarnation, of wondering “how will Christ be born anew in me this year?” Advent raises the hope that this year, the Reign of Christ will bring about truth, reconciliation and justice to a world hungry for peace. Psalm 16 is one of my favourite psalms, familiar I expect because of its presence in Compline. It resonates with a confidence that while protecting me, God also counsels, instructs, supports, and shows me the path to take. As I look forward to the Incarnation, I also recognize the vulnerability, the poverty of spirit of Christ and his reliance only on God, the ultimate parent. It makes me wonder how I can put aside my fears and anxieties and live as one with Christ. What do I need to do, to live a life of simplicity, transfixed on God and God alone? Reflecting on this National Day of Remembrance and Action against Violence Against Women to commemorate the 14 women killed in the Montreal Massacre at École Polytechnique in 1989, I look at Christ who pushed and breached the boundaries of his own time to eat, drink and minister with women. If the Reign of Christ is to bring about truth, reconciliation and justice, what am I being called to do to help stop violence in the media, the increasing poverty of women, the isolation of many seniors and the continuing alienation of our immigrant and aboriginal sisters and brothers?
O God, help me to be fully present to your wounded children, to be fully present to your presence and willing to act for the One who is the Prince of Peace.
–– Doreen Davidson