The O Antiphons reach their climax tonight: O Come, O Come Emmanuel! “A name which means God-with-us”. Where and when has God been with me today? When have I felt an absence of that Presence for which my heart longs? Sometimes I look to when I’ve tried to fill a void: with activity, with chatter, with food, with shopping. God is always “God-with-us” but we are not always with God.
Today I went out to pick up some pecans from the trees in our yard to make into sweet rolls for Christmas morning. It is a windy day which has helped to tumble many of the nuts to the ground. I stood under one tree, bent down, and lo and behold! There were at least twenty pecans on the ground within arms reach. What have I done for this harvest? Once or twice I cut some weeds around the trees this summer. That’s about it. The trees were even planted before we built our house. I picked up the nuts conscious of God’s providence, even in this little thing. Just as I was thinking I had enough, the wind blew and whappp! a nice big pecan hit me on the back! God is always about more.
It’s a little thing- picking pecans from trees that God has grown and being grateful. But when I become sensitized to those little break-throughs of God then maybe I won’t miss the more important ones. “God-with-us”, come and in the last day of Advent preparations teach me to be aware that you are everywhere reaching out to give me a little sign of your love.