https://vimeo.com/7932500 An Advent sermon by Jennifer W. Davidson on Luke 21:25-36 preached in the chapel of American Baptist Seminary of the West on Nov. 30th, 2009. Images of the film 2012 are contrasted with the unremarkable (yet astoundingly remarkable) actions of women who enact the kingdom of God.
When God breaks in to this wedding at Cana, abundance and extravagance happen. When God breaks in there is always more. When God breaks in there is astounding grace. When God breaks in the ordinary is blessed and transformed. When God breaks in there is wonder. When God breaks in there is delight.
When we midwife one another through the painful moments we know something more of God’s faithful presence and promise. When we rage, when we feel alone, when we ride into the heart of pain, when words fail, the Spirit sighs—and in all of these: God.
Do not look for what used to be; Do not cling to the understanding of the Divine that you once held so dear; Do not seek to possess God. Rather, go and be the community that never stops seeking God.
It is no small thing to open ourselves to the presence of God in our lives. Learning to trust God, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable to God’s presence, is not a once-in-a-lifetime lesson—rather it is something that must be learned and re-learned throughout our lives.
This is the marvelous wonder of God’s love for us: it is in the experience of our hunger that we are fed; it is in the realization of our thirst, that we know it quenched.
The Word of judgment is not more than we can bear. The wells of salvation are deep, full of refreshing waters that do not run dry. All people are invited to draw from these wells.