Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Daily Advent Reflection: Dec 10

Today's daily office reading according to the use of the Episcopal Church includes these verses from the book of Isaiah in the Hebrew Scriptures.

A Vision of God in the Temple

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.’

The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: ‘Woe is me! I am lost, for I am one of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: ‘Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.’ Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I; send me!’
—Isaiah 6:1-8

Today is also national Day Without a Gay day. A day when many in the queer community plan to call in "gay" to work, and instead volunteer in the community to take a stance against hatred by spreading love in the world.

It is also International Human Rights Day, and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration begins,

"Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, ..."

You can read it in full here in 360 different languages.

None of us are free until all of us are free.

In light of today's reading and the historical nature of this day, here is a video for reflection from the Cathedral of Hope choir in Dallas, Texas, singing Here I am, Lord. Cathedral of Hope is the largest predominantly gay congregation in the world.

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