Thursday of the First Week
The readings for today underscore the need to trust in God to be our rock. This belief is challenged at its core whenever we face crises, whether personal or as a nation. The division in the aftermath of this presidential election causes me to wonder whether our footing as a country will ever find solid ground again; trust seems a scarce commodity. We know we are called to action, to work for justice and for peace, to act in love. But it’s really trust that makes that commitment to action possible, and my faith in a God of mercy and a God of justice that give rise to that trust. I don’t believe that I can rest my work on a strong foundation through my efforts alone. Only through trusting in God’s amazing grace are any accomplishments possible. In my mid-30s, I struggled back to school to complete a doctorate with two little kids, 3 and 6, in tow. I know that many people thought that, as a single mother, I was crazy to consider such a thing. I had no idea how I was going to make it through but I was determined to succeed. The four years that it took to get my degree were filled with the humble realization that I had not and could not have succeeded on my own. All along the way through the gift of love, people came to help and often in unexpected and astounding ways. I know our future ahead will be such a road, personally and as a nation. During my childhood, Advent was heralded in our household and parish by singing “O come, O come, Immanuel.” I was very young when the first teacher explained that the name “Immanuel” meant “God with us.” Now as an adult that lesson resonates...God with us, here, now, in this time…a promise repeated every Advent. Trust in God and we will know how to act, to stand for justice, to seek peace, and to keep the faith. And that is the promise of Advent, that God is with us; no matter what, with that foundation, we do not walk alone.
-Dr. Carole L. Huston, Associate Provost