Dec 23, 2021 |
Hoping for Jesus| The Rev. Philip DeVaul
Hoping for Jesus
I’m a talker but I am trying to listen more. I love Jesus. And I believe that Jesus is present in you. I’d like to spend more time seeking out his presence in you and learning from that. When I think of the places where my faith has grown the most, it’s not when I convinced others of anything, but when I listened. So, if you want to talk about Jesus, I am up for it. He is my favorite, and I seek to give my life to him. But that conversation will not be about conversion.
For all my talking, there is something else I do not do: I do not tell you about the tenderest things.
There is a moment in the story of Jesus’ birth that resonates for me: the shepherds have shown up and are paying homage to this little baby. They’re telling Mary and Joseph about the chorus of angels that appeared in the sky and notified them of Jesus’ birth and of all that it meant for them. They abandoned their sheep and ran to Mary and told her of this thing that she already knew in her bones. And in that moment the author simply says, “Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”