From Season of Promises
God does not ask much of us – an occasional remembrance, a small act of worship, now to beg his grace, at times to offer him our distresses, at another time to render thanks for the favors he has given, and which he gives in the midst of your labors. At table and in the midst of conversations, lift your heart at times towards him. It is not needful at such times to cry out loud. He is nearer to us than we think.
(Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God)
Advent is a quiet season. Quiet. Listen. Advent whispers, and we must be quiet if we are to hear its message. Advent whispers. Listen carefully. Advent carries a quiet message, it says that God is near, our God is near, our God who is unlimited, unconditional love, is near.
Can we believe this? Advent calls to us in whispers. Remember that God is love, and remember that God is near. That is the message of the Incarnation, the message of Advent, the message of Christmas, that God is nearer to us than we can begin to imagine. Imagine it all the same. God is near. Advent whispers a message of infinite compassion and love, compassion and love, and we find it difficult to believe.
Oh, we are ready to believe it on a theoretical level. God is love, and God is nearer to us than we think. But are we ready to believe it on the level of the heart? We must, if the message is to transform our lives. Advent whispers the message, but not in our ears. No. Advent whispers the message, whispers the message, but in our heart. That is where we must hear it, in our heart. We must listen not with our ears but with our heart. Advent whispers that God is nearer to us than we think, and that is the message of the Christmas we look forward to, that God is so near to us, so near.
We need not cry out loud for God to hear us, for God is nearer to us than we think. All we need do is whisper. Whisper silently in the quiet of our heart. God is so near.
Loving God, help me to remember how near you are, and help me to call upon you often in the silence in my heart. Amen.