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Chaplaincy

Thursday, Third Week in Advent

From Psalm 146:
The Lord sets the prisoners free;
    the Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;
    the Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
    he upholds the orphan and the widow,
    but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

From 1 Samuel, Chapter 2:
The bows of the mighty are broken,
    but the feeble gird on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
    but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
The barren has borne seven,
    but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
    He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
    he brings low, he also exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
    he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
to make them sit with princes
    and inherit a seat of honor.

Upside Down is the Way of the Lord


Oh, how the Lord turns things upside down. The blind shall see. The barren shall bear many children. Those in prison shall break their chains. The poor shall rise from the dust to sit with princes. The weak shall become strong. Oh, how the Lord turns ALL things upside down.

And is there any story more upside down than the Christmas story? A story full of unlikely parents, angels and dreams, shepherds and kings, and The One who was both a babe and a king. Oh, how God turns all things upside down.

May we use this advent season to turn our own lives upside down. To find calm amidst society's chaos. To offer gifts of kindness and honor to those society forgets or pities. To light candles to cut the darkness. To throw off tiredness for excitement and anticipation.

Jesus is coming, and oh, how he will turn things upside down. May we work to do the same.

-- Mary Collis, Science Stockroom and Facility Coordinator