Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Making Our Way Up Zion

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  -- Isaiah 52:7 (KJV)
Marcus Borg tells a parable about faith development using a mountain.  People live all around the mountain in different places, different cultures, different languages.  They are all making a pilgrimage to the mountain top.  Everyone starts from where they are, and have to get there in their own way.  Some will take an easier route by following the spiritual path others have taken.  Some will be rebellious and machete their own ways through the brambles.  Regardless of the route and method all will arrive at the top and stand on sacred ground together.  I like to think that the trip up the mountain will be made up heavily of people who reflect this verse of the Bible.  People who, with intent, bring "good tidings, proclaim peace", do good, and proclaim salvation, singing, "God rocks," making the journey a fun one with good comradery and aid to those who find struggle on the way.

One way to prepare for Advent is to explore how others find spirituality in their daily lives.  Ask friends how they understand spirituality?  How do others nurture spirituality?  Visit some other spiritual traditions - Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Roman Catholic, various Protestant denominations -- you have nearly 3,000 from which to choose!  How can you incorporate simple rituals into your family/home that serve as reminders of the Holy and Sacred?

God of us all, nurture each of us in peace, good tidings, and salvation.  Direct our footsteps each day as we attempt to move in concert with your will.  Through Christ's leading way.  Amen.

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