who proceeds from the mouth of the Most High,
reaching out mightily from end to end,
and sweetly arranging all things:
come to teach us the way of prudence.
Across the blogosphere, Orthodox Christians have begun the Nativity fast; 40 days of prayer, struggle, fasting, quiet preparation for the feast of the Nativity of Christ our Lord. It is a time for reflection, a time to withdraw from all the glitz of celebration, a time to read spiritual words for encouragement, and a time to pray for the heart and soul’s reception and recognition of the awesome yet quiet moment of Christ’s birth.
A quiet moment…during the Christmas season rush. An oxymoron at best! Yet it seems that during the quiet moment it is that God’s Word can be heard, the Word can be received, and transformation occur.
Imagine… “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.” (Genesis 1:1, 3). Out of the quiet void came something. God our Father said…and it was/is! The Word He thought and spoke: Christ. The breath that carried the Word: God the Holy Spirit. Wisdom breathed into the world: everywhere.
1 Corinthians 1:30 “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God– and righteousness and sanctification and redemption-“
Christ calls us. “Wisdom calls aloud outside; she raises her voice in the open squares.” (Proverbs 1:20) She says, “”Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, [Wisdom] says to him, “Come, eat of my bread and drink of the wine I have mixed. Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.” (Proverbs 9:4-6).
Are you listening? Prepare. Begin today in order to be ready for the quiet moment when Wisdom cries on Nativity and beyond.