12/4 Friday - Advent Seasonby WCUMC Member on 12/04/20
The Holly and the Ivy
This is a traditional British folk Christmas carol. It uses the allegory of holly and ivy, two plants that remain green through the winter, to tell about Jesus and his mother Mary. Jesus is represented by the holly and Mary by the Ivy. In each verse, the carol uses a different aspect of the holly plant to recall a part of the life and acts of Jesus.
1 The LORD said to Job: 2 “Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct him? Let him who accuses God answer him!”
Today we meet Job after he has lost pretty much everything and has been suffering physically. He is trying to hold onto his faith and trust in God but also trying to figure out what he has done to deserve all this. Too often when things are going well for us we take them for granted; then when something goes awry the first question seems to be, “Why me?”
I remember my grandmother. I recall how she never appeared to be frazzled about anything. Upon hearing her life history “in a nutshell” I was quite amazed. My grandfather had died at a rather young age leaving her to raise the children. She saw two of them die due to childhood diseases and buried all but one of the remaining before she herself was called home. She also outlived a number of good friends and neighbors. At age 80+ she was “helping the older ladies on their visits to Social Security” to settle some issues. Only once did I hear her say anything against anyone. What an amazing woman; how I would like to be like her. Admittingly, I fall way short, but I still take that deep breath and look to her for inspiration.
Pray with us:
Lord, We know that you do not cause our hardships. We know that you are with us through everything life sends our way. To answer you as to why the rain falls, the sun shines, the birds sing, is impossible. While we can “bring things upon ourselves”, to believe that we are in total control is conceited, distrustful, and ridiculous. During this season of preparation, help us to focus on You as the Loving Father who created us and takes care of his children through all of life’s turmoil and pleasure; the Loving Father who sent his son to mend that relationship we broke. We pray in Jesus’ name; AMEN
(Reflection and Prayer by Cindy Chambers)