Every week we offer a prayerful reflection from a member of the Unbound community. Throughout the Advent/Christmas season, we offer a special series of reflections on the upcoming Sunday readings. This reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent is from contributing writer Maureen Lunn.
All too often I find myself putting off doing the things I want to do, whether waiting to pursue lifelong goals or procrastinating on small daily tasks. This “I’ll get to it later” mentality permeates so many aspects of life and stunts my own personal growth. But I’m able to do it — to put off things like cleaning or praying or reading a book or calling a relative to catch up — because my quality of life doesn’t depend on it.
The families in the Unbound world don’t have the luxury of procrastination. When an opportunity to improve life presents itself, it must be seized immediately or it may pass. When poverty is a part of life, every opportunity is crucial.
In this week’s readings, we dwell on the idea of preparing the way for the arrival of the Christ, petitioning for God’s kindness and responding to the call to conduct ourselves in holiness today.
“Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.” (2 Peter 3:14)
Eagerness, I think, might be the opposite of procrastination when it comes to daily life. Like the families we serve around the world, we should all be eager to improve our lives, which in turn brings greater goodness into our world.
So this Advent, don’t wait. Make a list of those things you’ve been putting off and pursue them in your countdown to Christmas. By taking action in our own lives, we honor those who don’t have the choice, and we play our part in preparing the way of the Lord.
Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet;
Justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the earth,
and justice shall look down from heaven.
The Lord himself will give his benefits;
Our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before him,
and prepare the way of his steps.
Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. Amen.