Since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, this is the reason that I don’t stop giving thanks to God for you when I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, will give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation that makes God known to you. I pray that the eyes of your heart will have enough light to see what is the hope of God’s call, what is the richness of God’s glorious inheritance among believers, and what is the overwhelming greatness of God’s power that is working among us believers. This power is conferred by the energy of God’s powerful strength. God’s power was at work in Christ when God raised him from the dead and sat him at God’s right side in the heavens, far above every ruler and authority and power and angelic power, any power that might be named not only now but in the future. God put everything under Christ’s feet and made him head of everything in the church, which is his body. His body, the church, is the fullness of Christ, who fills everything in every way.
“Oh, Christmas isn’t just a day, it’s a frame of mind . . . and that’s what’s been changing. That’s why I’m glad I’m here, maybe I can do something about it.”— Kris Kringle
Through Advent we all have lists, we take time to reflect on the past year and develop our hopes for the new one. Paul has a prayer for the Ephesians that provides insight on two more things that should be added to our list . . . revelation and wisdom. It is calling on us as Christians to have the revelation about the immeasurable greatness of God’s power and love. It goes on to demonstrate through the life, death and resurrection of Christ that power and love God has for each of us. As Kris Kringle said in the Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas is a frame of mind. Paul is calling on the same thing. We don’t just need to have wisdom or understanding of God’s power and love for a day, but we need to have our eyes, ears, mouths, and hearts opened to God. This year, add this to your wish list . . . God, open my heart and illumine me.
Gracious and loving God, let us take the Advent season as a time to be changed, a time to reset our frame of mind, a time to be open to wisdom, to have hope and work to know you better. Let us be present in our worship and prayer to you and open our hearts and illuminate us with your power and love. Amen.