Posts tagged with: Advent

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

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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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God of the Impossible

In the pregnancy of the Virgin Mary, God did the impossible once again.

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A person looking into the path of an oncoming storm

Fleeing From the Wrath to Come

We flee from the wrath to come by pursuing holiness of heart and life.

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A book cover that reads "You Are Loved" and has a picture of a cross made out of roses

Is That a Choir I Hear?

On the other side of darkness, Zephaniah promises, there is light.

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What Did God Birth in You This Year?

In December 2020, Michaela O’Donnell wrote an article called: What is God Birthing in You? in which she wondered about what the unusual year of 2020 was readying us for in 2021. In this article, she helps us consider what birthing might look like in our work and leadership as well as gives us an exercise to reflect on this as we head into a new year.

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A man on a starry night looking up at the Milky Way

The Endless Kingdom

When we feel sorrow over the brokenness of our world, including persistent injustice, senseless violence, and ominous diseases, we find ourselves in an Advent mode, yearning for God’s future, for an endless time of righteousness, justice, and peace.

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A woman standing on a beach at sunset lifting her hands in prayer

The Lord is With You

The example of Mary in the Gospel of Luke reminds us that God isn’t with us only to comfort us. God is present in our lives also to empower us and to call us into the work of the kingdom.

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A older woman sitting on the side of a hill in Bangladesh

Waiting in Advent

The season of Advent is a time of waiting.

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A person sitting on a park bench on a misty, foggy day, gazing off into the distance

Silence in Advent

Advent is a season for hoping, waiting, and silence.

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An aerial view of a car driving on a road that makes a sharp U-turn, on a snowy day

Preparing for the Lord in Advent

Advent is a season in which we prepare for a rich, renewing celebration of Christmas.

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A lily floating on a pool of water

Can You Add a Day? (Part 2)

“Consider the Lilies.”

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A bulletin board with the words "DON'T PANIC" on it

Can You Add a Day? (Part 1)

Jesus asked a pointed question that, if taken literally, could help us understand how to approach life with less worry.

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A smiling older man talking to a smiling younger man

Sharing Advent with Others

Even and especially in Advent, let us weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.

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Once in a Lifetime

In Advent, we pray, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” We ask Jesus to come to our broken world and make it whole.

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An elderly couple walking through the street holding hands

Advent Longings

Zechariah and Elizabeth were good, godly people. But God had not fulfilled their deep desire for a child. Their yearning invites us into the ethos and pathos of Advent.

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