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Advent Reflection #12: Never Too Anything

Never Too Anything When God is the writer of your story, you’re never too young, you’re never too late, you’re never too unimportant or too stuck for God to birth something new in your life. When God is the author, you’re never too anything. There’s always room for surprises.  Because God is always writing birth stories. The Christmas story is a story of new birth, of God doing a new thing. Whatever new thing God is doing in your life, whether it’s a new…

Advent Reflection #11: Sing

Sing While the world drives and buys and plans and worries and rushes and hurries through these sacred days, holy scripture is erupting in song.   Isaiah is singing. The Psalmist is singing. Mary is singing.   They are moved by the mystery and the magnitude of this moment. Are you?   May you slow down and listen well and join their song.   [Inspired by Psalm 96]

Advent Reflection #10: Like a Warrior-Champion

Like a Warrior-Champion The time is near. Can you feel it? A bursting-forth of new life, of fulfillment of ancient prophecy, of cosmic change and geographical shifting, of the realization of a plan established in eternity past… It’s a birth.  A whole new reality.  This will change the way you sleep and eat and think and live.  Forever.  And it’s close.  Her sounds are changing.  She’s bearing down. +++ There’s a moment, in childbirth, when gears shift and sounds change…

Advent Reflection #9: The Struggle is Real

The Struggle is Real We’re spending much of this week of Advent in Psalm 89, which is a long and rich song.  We could draw insight from this for a long time.  Today, I’ve been thinking through this Psalm in four movements which include two big surprises: Movement 1: verses 1-4 At the start, this song is all about the love and faithfulness of God.  Ethan (the writer) says, “I will declare that your love stands firm forever.” Movement 2:…

Advent Reflection #3: Christ, the Kiss

Christ, The Kiss The song (Psalm 85) about the past continues with a promise to listen in the future.  And this might be a risky promise, a dangerous one to make, depending on the character of the God who is hearing the promise. Is God holy or loving?  Righteous or graceful? Both. There is no contradiction, no confusion.  There is, instead, this beautiful image of union: Love and faithfulness meet together;     righteousness and peace kiss each other (vs. 10). Come, Lord Jesus.