The ‘small signs’ of God’s Presence
Henri J.M. Nouwen writes, “I keep expecting loud and impressive events to convince me and others of God’s saving power … Our temptation is to be distracted by them … When I have no eyes for the small signs of God’s presence—the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends—I will always remain tempted to despair. The small child of Bethlehem, the unknown man of Nazareth, the rejected preacher, the naked man on the cross, he asks for my full attention. The work of our salvation takes place in the midst of a world that continues to shout, scream, and overwhelm us with its claims and promises.” (from Gracias! A Latin American Journal)
The world continues to “shout, scream, and overwhelm us.” All too often, the loudest and most persistent voices win. This advent season is no different. Whether it’s Black Friday shopping, the latest technological wonder, or a schedule that seems like it’s slowly drowning you, or even an impossible to–do list, the claims and promises and the obligations and demands are not likely to let up. The distractions will not disappear this advent season.
We’ve put together for you a list of “small signs.” These are ways to be in the presence of God every day. As you engage in these Scriptures, remember the promise and the gift that the Christ child is to the world. May your participation in these “small signs” lead you further into salvation and help open the door for others.