Advent I: Hope


God, you come
like the persistent widow
and knock on my door.
You keep knocking,
wearing me down with your pleas
until I do right.

You come
like the friend at midnight
calling me out of bed
to give my neighbour what they need.

You keep coming
like the good shepherd who
sees I want for nothing,
fills my cup to overflowing,
and tirelessly nudges,
“Wake up.”

I open one eye
and like
the unjust judge,
the put out neighbour,
the mindless sheep,
I do what you want.

You wait,
like the five wise virgins
with an endless supply of oil,
for both eyes to open.

Therefore, keep awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake. –Mark 13:35-37

Some Advent Love Mischief:

  • What has God been nudging you to do that you don’t want to?
  • How is this nudge different from the other “shoulds” in your life?
  • What might you see this Advent when you open both eyes? What is God awakening you to?
Credits and References:
“The First Sunday of Advent” by Susanne Nilsson. Used with permission.
Luke 18:1-8, Luke 11, 5-8, Psalm 23, Matthew 25:1-13
“Ten Virgins 07” by Waiting For The Word. Used with permission.
© Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim, 2017.
Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from Esther Hizsa is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used provided there is a link to the original content and credit is given as follows: © Esther Hizsa, An Everyday Pilgrim 2013-2017.

About Esther Hizsa

Esther is a spiritual director and writer. She lives in Burnaby with her husband, Fred, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.
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