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Thank God for Advent. Claiming that Jesus’ coming is good news means listening, noticing what God needs me to pay attention to.
Get in the game. Are you, am I, standing on the sidelines, or are we in the game—all the way in? It’s difficult to win if you don’t get on the field.
This world can be unfair and broken, but there is still so much hope left to claim. When the Prince of Peace comes to us all we will take notice, listen, and dare to change.
Pointing out someone else’s hypocrisy is a great way to deflect attention from my own inconsistences. ‘Hey look! There’s a way bigger hypocrite over there!’
I’m thankful for the reminder that God’s time isn’t about my to-do lists. God’s time is about the interconnected breaths and moments that remind us we all belong to each other.
The trappings of national religion don’t seem quite right for the sovereign we await, who arrives as a vulnerable child, who will die at the hands of the State.
Jesus’ coming is not what many people imagine. ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ is nothing short of a plea for the renewal of humanity, an indictment of the distinctions we have made ultimate.
I have glimpsed enough to be convinced that the things of God that are invisible have the power to transform lives, congregations, communities, and even societies.
May you and all those gathered with you know the difference between being healed and being saved, between being fed and being blessed. May you not take for granted grace and beauty.
I am slowly learning that you can’t conquer a tantrum. When my kids’ emotions get too big for them, I can only enter the whirlwind and offer them a hand: an anchor and a way out.