Sunday, November 25, 2018

Stir Up


In the Anglican tradition, the appointed collect (prayer) for the last Sunday before the beginning of Advent (i.e. today) begins with the words, "Stir up..." Since traditional Christmas puddings over there are prepared ahead of time and reheated on Christmas Day (I know, but don't shoot the messenger), this prayer in church serves as a reminder that it's time to prepare the ingredients for the pudding.

I'm probably stretching it, but this tradition stirs up in me a reminder that, even when I'm not enjoying them right now, God always has good things in store for God's people, including me:

For he satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things.
✙ Ps 107:9 

As God fills me with goodness, may I share my blessings with those who are still hungry and thirsty. I'm not God, but I'm charged with doing God's will in the world.

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who taught us to pray...
Stir Up a Hunger • Paul Baloche