Category: Advent

Advent 2012 Day 3 The Attentive Life – Part 1

I groaned out loud when I read the scriptural text for the day.  My ladies small group and I are walking through the book of Luke together.  So when I realized the text was on Simeon, an obscure character in the Christmas narrative, my first inclination was to skip over it and get on to the ...

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Advent 2012 Day 2 – A Place of Waiting

“That is why waiting does not diminish us any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother.” Romans 8:24 TM “The season of Advent gives us the opportunity to practice something that is hard for most of us to do: wait.  Advent, which literally means “arrival,” teaches us to wait for the coming of Christ, not ...

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First Sunday of Advent 2012

“I just want Christmas to be different this year.” How many times have we said that either to ourselves or to our families? How often have considered the approaching holidays with dread? We want to live differently into the Christmas season…more reflective, less hurried, with more margin in our lives to give more…of our time ...

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Consumerism vs. Discipleship

Today’s post is a blog by Tim Morey*.  It’s a challenging message to the consumer mentality that has subtly invaded the Church. Take time today to honestly ponder the questions posed at the end.  What better way to start the New Year than an exercise in self examination.  Tim writes: A friend put this manger ...

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The Attentive Life

“The secret of waiting is the faith that the seed has been planted, that something has begun.  Active waiting means to be fully present to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.  A waiting person is someone who is present to ...

Christmas – The Initiative of God

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son….” Gal. 4:4 “God comes to us like the sun in the morning…when it is time. We must assume an attitude of waiting, accepting the fact that we are creatures and not the creator. We must do this because it is not our right to ...

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An Interrupted Life

God’s grace comes often in severe ways to open our eyes to a greater reality that we have yet experienced. Our part is to be open to it and let it transform us. In speaking about Mary the mother of Jesus, Craig Barnes writes, “God has interrupted our ordinary expectations, as cherished as they were, ...

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Winter in Our Soul

  Last night we witnessed a total eclipse and today is the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere…the shortest day of the year.  We often live in similar moments, even seasons, when the darkness seems to overtake the light.  Darkness that has settled in our souls can overshadow any glimmer of hope. Living by faith ...

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A Time for Courage

“As it turns out, Advent is a time for courage. Beyond gentle images of beautiful angels, lowing cattle, and an expectant mother, we are called to be aware of the darkness in us and around us. We are encouraged not to run from these realities by hiding our heads in the sand, but to be ...

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Waiting in the Midst of Our Fears

“Waiting is not a very popular attitude.  Waiting is not something that people think about with great sympathy.  In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time.  Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just ...