Come To Bring Salvation on the Earth
Reflection by Joey O.
This particular portion of the Advent prayer is emphasizing the importance of reconnecting with God during this time of Advent and focusing on the necessity for his intercession in our lives. In the Bible, Jesus is depicted as the Messiah, the one who would triumph over chaos and establish order in the world. The overall imploration of the Advent prayer reflects this notion that humanity is awaiting one who will liberate us from the darkness of the world. Salvation is the word that we have come to know as this all-encompassing grace that is bestowed upon us by God. For me, salvation is more than just the redemption of one’s soul. For me, salvation is present in the seemingly unimportant happenstances of life, in forgiveness, in relationships, and in knowledge. That, to me, is where our salvation on earth lies, because without these sporadic instances of grace, of salvation, then God’s true presence could not be felt. Additionally, those of us who are steadfast in our faith at times focus so heavily on others who we feel need to be “saved” that we forget the necessity of God’s intercession in our own lives. We are taught a very hard lesson as followers of God, one that Jesus made us conscious of during the time of his ministry. This lesson is that the closer we draw near God, the deeper we delve into our faith and into our walk with him. Salvation frees us from the burden of sin. In the Advent prayer we are asking for this divine intercession, for grace to come upon our world and ease this burden that comes with our humanity.