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What sort of person ought you to be while we wait for the holy fire to be kindled: pessimistic or hopeful, grumpy or grateful?
When that which seems unmovable is removed, and when the earthly foundations of our stability prove to be insecure, the love of God still holds us steady.
Advent is a time when we think about the coming of Christ and the promise that this arrival brings. But the danger of Advent is resigning to inaction as we wait.
Total independence is a myth. You need an ark to return to from time to time, a community to connect with, a little reliable infrastructure somebody else created.
Isaiah images a used heaven and a used earth. Bins of swords are dug out from behind the old 45s and turned into plows. The tools of war are put to better use at a bargain price.
The start of Advent lays bare the world’s pain, without which there would be no reason for God’s coming. No reason for angels singing. No reason for prophets preaching.
Take a break today – maybe for the entire Advent season – from concepts and lists, from judgments and bickering. Only wonder. Fall to your knees at the wonder of it all.
Who do we want to be in these times? How are we prepared to show up as the church? This time of uncertainty allows a freedom of ideas, hopes and possibilities.
‘Abide’ might just be the saving word for this age of rupture. So much discarded duty. So many abandoned promises. To continue, to hang in, to last, to stick, to abide is rare.
I’ve been reinventing Thanksgiving for almost a decade, celebrating what I can and reframing the rest. I give thanks for this moment, this day, this life.