Advent 1, Tuesday, Year B

Inspired by Micah 4:6-13

“In that day, says the LORD, I will assemble the lame and gather those who have been driven away, and those whom I have afflicted. The lame I will make the remnant, and those who were cast off, a strong nation; and the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion now and forever more.” Micah 4:6-7 (NRSV)

Even in today’s ‘enlightened’ society, we have our undesirables. There are those who are considered mentally or physically ‘less’ than perfect or ideal, and those who—for whatever reason—are simply rejected. As a result, many of us go through life painfully aware of our shortcomings, and we go to great lengths to deny the existence of those shortcomings and hide them from the world. We pretend to be who we’re not, and the world is dominated by people who are frightened, insecure, and unwilling to acknowledge the reality that we all live in brokenness.

But God knows. God knows of all our shortcomings, all our brokenness, all our sinfulness. And God has promised to gather us together, lift us up, and guide us—not in spite of our shortcomings, but because of them. Because God does not value the things of the world, but the things that are God’s. And we are God’s, and therefore are valued exactly as we are.

Let us pray. Lord God, you see us as we are, and accept us as we are. Help us to reject worldly values and definitions so that we may recognize in each other the worth that you have created. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

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