Our Advent Devotion for Wednesday, December 1, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
17 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18 At once they left their nets and followed him.
“You are Christian only when you believe that you have a role to play in the realization of this new kingdom and when you urge everyone you meet with a holy unrest to make haste, so that the promise might soon be fulfilled”
from With Open Hands, page 102, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Even in the slow process of waiting and watching, there is a sense of urgency in our Christian living. The call has already gone out: “Follow me!” The kingdom of God is among us! We have a role; we must do our part. This role is not for some other day; this part we have to play is not something we can do later. Today is the day we must begin anew – to follow, to fish for people, to realize God’s kingdom with a sense of “holy unrest”
Has anyone in your life been left behind? Does anyone need good news? Embrace them, speak to them, bring them with you into the bright light of God. We are Christians. This is what we do, and we begin again each day.
Henri Nouwen reminds us that God is all around us, calling us to follow and bring others with us. We are especially called to reach out with a sense of urgency to those who have been left behind or who need to hear Good News.
I invite you to consider the people in and around your life who might be feeling left out, sad, hurt, or lonely. This devotion reminds us all to reach out to those people, trusting that the ever-present love of God will bring peace and healing through our outreach.
Lord Jesus, every day you call me to follow you. Give me ears to hear your voice and a heart to answer your call with a sense of holy unrest. Amen. – by Henri J.M. Nouwen