Thursday, December 20, 2012
dec 24 devotional
December 24: Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let everyone who is thirsty come. The Christmas story is often acted out by people in the church in pageants and dramas. It is a story begging to be staged. The Church service, or what we call our ‘liturgy’, is a weekly drama in which we participate. We are the actors and God the audience. And just as in any play, when the actors and the audience connect, it can be magic. The acting or “play” is important, as any play is important. It is a way in which we can practice in a safe environment, those things we will need later on. It is a way to establish good habits and healthy patterns, and for everyone to have experience. Just as firefighters drill with their equipment, so that when fighting a fire emergency, they know what to do and how to work together. We enter the drama of God, and we have our lines to speak; it is play, it is drama, it is practice, it opens and prepares us for the intimate encounter with God. And we all say, “Come”, knowing as the story goes, that it will not be what we expect, but what we have always been.