Posts tagged with: Advent

Advent Isn’t Pretty

Advent isn’t pretty. The churches that celebrate Advent may outfit their pulpits, altars, and chancels in shades of purple or deep blue.

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Oriented by Hope

When I worked at Starbucks, our goal was to serve every customer in the drive-thru within three minutes of when they placed their order. It didn’t matter how many venti soy, no-foam lattes they wanted.

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Joyfully Anticipating Love

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, “keep watch” means to watch to make sure that no one is coming.” The historical context of Jesus’ birth into…

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Is Peace Possible?

The Christmas season is so stressful, isn’t it?! The songs may say it’s a time to be merry and go laughing over fields, but most people are either too busy and feeling pressured by end-of-year deadlines or they experience anxiety, regret, or even grief during this time of year.

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Lambs in a stall

How Silently, How Silently

The birth of Jesus was quite “silent,” in the sense that it happened with almost no fanfare or human attention.

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Longing for a True King

The more we are close to those who are suffering, the more we will be drawn into the spirit of Advent.

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The words "Peace on Earth" written in chalk on a sidewalk

The Way of Peace

In Advent we will often encounter the holiday wish for “Peace on Earth.”

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The Tender Mercy of Our God

God holds you with God’s own tender mercy, embracing you with a womb-like love that will never let you go.

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A number of brightly colored textiles from Oaxaca, México

The Interweaving of Time in Advent

Time is interwoven in Advent. Past, present, and future are braided together as we hope for the coming of Christ.

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An unlit Advent wreath in the daytime

When Silence and Singing Kiss

God’s faithfulness did not depend on Zechariah’s.

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A statue of the Virgin Mary, who is pointing at her heart, under a pine tree outside in the snow

Your Calling is Calling

Calling and identity are dialectical. We are called by God and we are also called by others.

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A woman holding up her hand in worship, in a room with a purple tint to the lighting

Lord, Have Mercy!

May you live these days with the joy of knowing God is rich in mercy toward you.

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The lenses of a microscope

The Mysteries of Magnification

You might say that Advent is a time for magnification.

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The Advent wreath at Irvine Presbyterian Church, with three of the four candles lit

Jumping for Joy in Advent

May your Advent be a time of rejoicing as you look forward to the celebration of Christmas.

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Michiel van Coxcie, Annunciation, 1580s Oil on panel, 30 x 39 cm The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

Ultimate Availability

May God give us the grace to respond to this call in the way of Mary: “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

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