stir upby Lynn Willis

The Prayer of the day for First Sunday in Advent begins with the words:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.

And for the 2nd Sunday in Advent:

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for your only Son.

And for the 4th Sunday in Advent:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and come.

Did you know that…

In the days before everybody was connected to atomic clocks and Google calendars, people would listen for the words “stir up” in the prayers at church.

Then they would be reminded to take out the mixing bowl and spoons and start stirring up the special foods for Christmas.

So I did that this year. I got my Grandma’s mixing bowl out and a special wooden spoon with flowers and birds carved on it that my daughter gave me. Surrounded by that love I thought about what a mixing bowl does.

It holds the hope of family gathered together. It holds hope of enough food for everyone. It holds hope that the recipe turns out well.

It doesn’t feed or entertain or accomplish by itself, but it – by definition! – brings different things together to create something new.

So today I hold up to you the mixing bowl. Let’s share in the hope it represents. Let’s be catalysts for new ideas by bringing different elements together and mixing them with love.

Stir up our hearts, O Lord. Stir up our souls and minds and strengths. Make us like the humble mixing bowl preparing the way for a new year of serving you.

Amen.