Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior,
and for you I wait all the day.
Spiritual maturity begins with humility. I cannot learn to walk in God’s path without willingly relinquishing the reins on my life. This lesson has returned to me time and time again over the decades. The psalmist points the way in elegant simplicity.
Peter Storey, former Bishop of South Africa, chaplain to imprisoned Nelson Mandela and friend of Christ Church writes, “Authentic faith takes us on a journey in which we invite Jesus and his teaching to interrogate every part of our lives, seeking both the desire and resources for transformation.” That kind of faith takes root in humility, the kind of humility revealed in God’s condescension to us in the form of a helpless infant who can only fully emerge by freely accepting his helplessness and receiving the love of others. That’s our spiritual situation.
Here’s the honest work of Advent: disarming ourselves, opening our hands and hearts to the One who gave us life and breath in the first place saying, teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me… Amen.
~ Rev. Dr. Stephen Bauman