This is a guest post by Nancy Jo Sullivan.
It was a snowy December morning, now a couple of years ago. As I took off my gloves, I waited in line at a coffee shop.
I began going through my to-do list. My December calendar was packed with a host of seasonal activities and events. I wondered where I would find the time to decorate my home or wrap presents for my children.
Though it was Advent, I was preoccupied with endless tasks. There was simply no time to prepare my heart for the birth of Christ. I felt distant from the Lord.
As I paid for my cocoa, I noticed an elderly woman sitting at a table near the counter. With her gray hair neatly styled, she was wearing a blazer trimmed with a candy cane pin. She was all alone, dipping a tea bag into a cup of hot water.
I watched as another elderly woman drew near to her table. She wore a strand of pearls and a sweater trimmed with sequins.
“May I join you?” she asked, her wrinkled face as bright as her pearls.
The woman in the blazer smiled. “Of course; I’d love to have the company,” she told the stranger while pulling up a chair.
I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation. They talked with ease, like they had been friends all their lives.
As I left the coffee shop, I couldn’t stop smiling. The snow fell softly as my to-do list began fading away. “God is with me,” I whispered.
The two women had given me a whole new perspective on God’s love. Over 2,000 years ago, our Lord left his heavenly throne to join us at the table of our humanity. He became our friend and kept us company. He was God in our midst.
During this second week of Advent, pay attention to God in your midst. Though your tasks may be many, pull up a chair for him. He’d love to join you.
Nancy Jo Sullivan is the author of Small Mercies: Glimpses of God in Everyday Life. She is a frequent speaker at both the local and national levels. Sullivan lives in St. Paul, Minnesota and blogs at NancyJoSullivan.com.