At times we all have experienced God’s strength and presence. Sometimes this occurs in a powerful worship or prayer experience. Sometimes this occurs in the midst of an extraordinary event like a child’s birth or in the profound moments of a tragedy. So we all know what it feels like to experience God’s strength and presence.
Yet so often in life and particularly in the day to day of life, we try to live by our own strength. Society reinforces this by lifting up the self-made person and exulting those who can find success on their own. Society devalues those who cannot.
The Advent readings for this week draw us back to the ideas that we do not live only for ourselves and that we cannot make it by our own strength alone. As we live on th edge of God’ holy promises we realize that we are saved by His strength alone. Just as when Mary trusted and fully relied on God, we too can feel our fears and anxieties melt away. We too can come to realize that His favor rests upon us as well. We can call upon His strength and presence in the day to day and experience it each moment. Through this we are empowered, strengthened, and encouraged to do His will each day in our world.
Scripture reference: Romans 16: 25-27