In the beginning, there were two. A woman and a man, and they were given a task - to care for the garden into which they were placed. Then, things happened. The woman and the man were removed from the garden and sent into the wilds, and the story unfolds. The woman and the man had sons and that cycle continued, eventually producing a man named Abram. God gave Abram a new name and a promise. And with the waiting for the fulfillment of the promise, the advent people began.

We are waiting as well, for the advent of Christ’s return. We mark our waiting with the remembrance of the waiting Christ’s first arrival with us, hence this season of Advent. In the meantime, as we wait, we need something to fill the time. 

And so, we work. 

Work is a sacred task. Just like the man and woman in the garden, we are tasked by God to do the good works of caring for creation. That is our holy duty to fulfill until our advent is complete. We work using the gifts graciously bestowed by God. We work and then we rest and then we work some more. And yes, there is time for pleasure and play as well, but our blessing comes from our divine labors.

VERSE: 2 Corinthians 9:8 - 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Prayer: O God of our labors, we thank you for the blessing of purpose and gifts given for its fulfillment. We thank you for the relief from idleness and for the promise that our work in you will not be in vain. Grant us favor in our labors and peace in our rest until the advent of Christ’s return has come.