Our Advent Devotion for Tuesday, December 7, comes to us from The Fullness of Time by Henri J.M. Nouwen
She will bear a son, and you to name him Jesus,
for he will save his people from their sins.
Matthew 1:21 NIV
“Whenever we pray with hope, we put our lives in the hands of God.
Fear and anxiety fade away, and everything we are given and everything
we are deprived of is nothing but a finger pointing out the direction of God’s
hidden promise which one day we shall taste in full. "
With Open Hands, page 73, by Henri J. M. Nouwen
“Surrender to the Promise”
The words from the angel of the Lord were almost beyond Joseph’s comprehension: his wife Mary would bear a son who would be a Savior! What good news – but the news was almost too much to digest. God always wants to give us more than we expect, more than we can digest. The only thing holding us back is our own limited perspectives. If we can give ourselves over to God completely – to God’s will for us, to all that God wants to give us – then we can finally avail ourselves of the good news that is ours to hear. This is our Advent prayer: that we can surrender our very lives to this Savior and all that he wants to do in and for us.
During this Advent Season, Henri Nouwen invites us to expect God’s gifts for us to dramatically exceed all our limited perspectives. God’s love, offered to us by this Christ child, is so great that we will receive gifts that are even greater than those we think we want.
Lord Jesus, Savior, help me to give myself over to you completely. I am not afraid; I am not anxious. I hope in you and the good news you proclaim to me. Amen.
Henri J.M. Nouwen