An Advent Reflection From Barbara White
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’ -- Jeremiah 23:5-6
In Jeremiah 23: 5-6 the Lord God promises to raise up a Righteous Branch, Jesus, who will establish His Kingdom on Earth. A branch is an extension, nourished by and reaching out from the core structure of a tree. Jesus is an extension of The Father /Mother/ God reaching out to humanity. Human beings, when rooted and grounded in Yahwey's Love, have the capacity to reach out to other human beings with God's love. When we make God who is Love, the Basis of our existence and the Center of our lives, we can be utilized by Him /Her. When we are Filled with the Holy Spirit, He/She can employ us as He/She manifests healing in a broken, pain wretched, yet still beautiful creation. When individuals walk in harmony and exemplify Gods love towards one another there is safely. True love is safe to interact with. Under the wing of love is a secure place. When the Lord of Love is a person's righteousness, that person will be inclined to want to nourish those around her or himself. True love takes action to help, desires to bring forth healing, and not hurt; seeks to help rather than hinder. Evaluates on the side of mercy. The Human Family is being Loved, Molded, and oft times Scolded into repentance by our Holy Parent. Change is coming about slowly in some areas, quickly in others. God brings about growth in His / Her creation towards His/Her Image and Likeness. God longs and indeed moves to cleanse the human heart of hate, hard-heartedness, greed selfishness mercilessness, indifference, racism, sexism, homophobia , classism, ableism, xenophobia , religious intolerance and other such malignant sins . Although we may pass through periods of darkness, both individually and corporately, the night will pass. The world will still receive Devine Healing, even if it seems like at a snails pace one heart, one mind, one soul at a time. Love and Peace Barbara S White.