Sunday, November 28, 2010
The First Sunday in Advent
This morning I began my discipline for Advent, in which I explore some of the names referring to Jesus. Today I looked at the name, "Wonderful Counselor." I read a sermon in which the term "counselor" as it applied to Jesus was discussed. I was struck in this sermon by the idea of Jesus as one who is a wise counselor, one who has experienced the hurt and joy of every human's existence, one who is able to prescribe exactly what we need, who advised us to love God, ourselves, and our neighbors and who expanded the meaning of who a neighbor is, who taught us that we must forgive others just as God forgives us, who taught us that true greatness comes from serving others. I had never thought of Jesus in the role of a human counselor despite having sung the words in Messiah many times. This morning's meditation on the words "Wonderful Counselor" convinced me that I was doing the right thing by centering my morning prayers and meditation on the names of Jesus. Who knows what new perspectives thinking about what Jesus means to so many different people will reveal to me this Advent?