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Emily C. Heath
The church observes Advent not because we hate joy. Instead, we prepare so that we can become more joyful people.
"Pray for your enemies." Only God knows what such prayer might do for those people, but if you've tried it, you know that Jesus' prayer kills the enmity that lives inside your own heart.
Martin B. Copenhaver
Hell—a sense of being forsaken, the absence of God, a place of despair. We have been there. And Jesus has been there.
When Advent preparations pound us into a place far from grace, imagine the preposterous notion that we are already prepared.
If we ever imagined that our healing would be a gentle, quiet thing, the Advent scriptures correct us. It's noisy heavy-lifting.
In our own time, there is a sense that time is winding up.
What would it be like if, in our own lives, we took refuge neither in victim nor victor status?
Richard L. Floyd
Like Peter, many of us have come to the realization that our previous understandings of God's acceptance and embrace are too small.
I can imagine several reactions to this Advent reading.
Advent begs us to prepare for the coming glory. Flowers are our props