Third Friday of Advent

From Claudia Mair Burney:

Friday, the third week of Advent


“He was in the world, and the world came into being through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” John 1:10-12 NRSV


Recovery literature speaks of family dynamics, and the roles each member takes on. There is the perfect hero, the unfortunate scapegoat, the clown, who takes the tension away by offering comic relief when times get tough, and there is the forgotten child who’s, well… forgotten. Imagine being the forgotten God, the awaited Messiah that only a few recognize? But we can rejoice, because not everyone missed this loving God, so humble that he left his glorious existence to hang out with us mortals. And not only did he grace us with his presence, he made us into his family, insuring that we’d not only be God’s people, but also his children.


Using the supplies you feel led to work with, create a portrait of yourself in your “role” in your family. Next, write an immensely compassionate love letter to yourself from your big brother, Jesus.


My beloved brother Jesus,


It’s hard to believe that in you’re so humble that you don’t mind me saying you’re my brother. You have come, and rather than hiding your identity from me, you’ve enlightened me. Continue to show yourself to me. I love you so.


Come, Lord Jesus.



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