Readings for Thursday of the First Week in Advent: Isaiah 26:1-6; Psalms 118; Matthew 7:21, 24-27
In today's Gospel reading, Jesus compares those who hear his words and do them versus those who do not, using the imagery of building a house upon rock or upon sand. (Matthew 7:24-27) With those verses as inspiration, I penned the following short poem:
On rock or sand? It seems so clear.
What to build my life upon, O God, my Dear
I hear your words; seek to do your will
Will either foundation my desires fulfill?
For the sand is soft; it feels good under my feet
It’s easy to walk on; glimmers in the heat
I think I’ll lie down and rest before I build
There’s plenty of time; no threats that might kill
Yet beyond the horizon, I see a large rock
It protrudes from the earth; there’s a path that it blocks
I get up and draw closer, not knowing at first why
Then I notice the darkening clouds in the sky
With haste, I arrive at the stone
I cannot explain it, the feeling I’m no longer alone
But the wind is swirling, the storm is near
Upon the rock I notice an inscription: “A wise man builds here”
Quickly, I commence with the chore
Four walls, a roof, a makeshift door
The rain falls; the floods come; wind beats upon the shack
Despite all odds, my dwelling survives the attack
The storm finally passes, I step outside
There’s no more reason to run or hide
I look to the sky and cry out loud
How, O Lord, did your grace abound?
“Simple,” He says, as I begin to smile
“You took the less traveled path; walked the extra mile”
“But,” He paused, “even more important than that”
“You did the will of my Father in heaven during this Advent.”
God love you.