Advent Meditation Third Wednesday Thursday

Prayer

God of hope,
you call us home from the exile of selfish oppression
to the freedom of justice,
the balm of healing,
and the joy of sharing.
Make us strong to join you in your holy work,
as friends of strangers and victims,
companions of those whom others shun,
and as the happiness of those whose hearts are broken.
We make our prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Scripture

Galatians 3:23-29

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Meditation

We are still in the process of getting our Permanent Residence Visa for Australia.  We still haven’t transferred our driver’s license over to an Australian one yet.  It is not required until you are a PR.  In many ways we still sound, act and have identification as a person from the United States but if someone ask me,  “Where are you from?”, I answer very freely, “Fremantle.”  That is usually followed up with, “No, I mean really?”

I am a US citizen with US citizen id but my heart longs to be identified as Aussie.  This is not to say I dislike my US identity, but I believe God has called me to Fremantle and I should have my identity rest here.

We, having been moved into Christ by grace, find our identity in Him alone.  In the in between, the now and not yet, there are plenty of identities that via for to rest upon us.  Some are self-imposed and others come to us from the world around us.  Many of them are good and true identities.  Some are destructive and lies.  But all of them should be built on or burned away from our Truth Identity.  That we are in Christ and not just as an individual but as a body; that my particular-ness is joined together with others to be the One.  In the end everything else will pass away except for Christ and our placement in Him together.

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