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Advent Meditation: Tuesday, December 10, 2019By Aimee Bostwick
Psalm 26, 28, 36, 39 • Amos 7:10-17, 24-25 • Matthew 22:34-46
Middle school for me was a difficult time. I was differentiating myself from my parents, coming to understand my body, and realizing who my friends were. It was a time to realize who I was and who I was not. I was not an athlete but I was a leader on student council. I was not a scientist, but I was a singer.
Since turning 50 I feel like I’m in middle school. 50 has been difficult and awkward. I’ve been wondering who my friends are, coming to understand my body with its new limitations and I’m still differentiating myself. Thankfully, I carry with me wisdom and self-awareness. Some questions are the same- Who am I? Who am I not? There are new questions: What have I done with my life? What is my next thing?
The prophet Amos shared in our struggle as he came to realize what he was not. He stated emphatically that he was not a prophet. By doing so, he created space to become what God intended for him: a prophet that tended the tree that fed the poor, and who cared for his flock by insuring they were safe. Amos found his next thing!
In this Advent, prepare the way for something new within yourself by filling in the blanks: I am not ___but I am ____.
May this time become for you an opportunity to create space by removing what you are not and becoming what God calls you to be.
Gracious God, may I trust in who you are calling me to become and speak to truth from that place of knowing. Amen.
Master of Spiritual Formation, Class of 2021
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Austin, Texas
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