“Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion,
for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.” – Isaiah 12:6
“I am God and no mortal, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.” – Hosea 11:9
“The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst; you shall fear disaster no more.” – Zephaniah 3:15
To the God I don’t know yet:
This prayer need not frighten.
It’s not that You’re altogether unknown.
It’s not that I’ve given up on the You I know.
It’s just that Advent is changing the way I pray. You are the One who comes in our midst. And my “midst” has changed.
So when You show up in my midst, it might take me a minute to recognize You. It might take more time for my lungs to release as my soul rejoices, “Oh, there you are.” Once I can see you are in this midst, then I can relax. Then I am free to move and dance, sing and cry with joy.
Tender and gentle, You respond, “Let me be new to you.”
“Let me be the God you don’t know yet. Let me show you how I am the Holy One whose steadfast love endures all of life’s changes.”
“Ok,” I relent. The stiff shoulders soften. “Let me be new to You, too,” I pray.
In the name of the One who is always coming, new to us every time, I pray. Amen.