We can live out God’s values; we can advocate for the poor and oppressed; like Mister Rogers, we can transform the lives of those around us.
I invite you to ponder: What fears can you name with integrity? What joys might you remember or imagine? What glimmers of creativity can you spot within or around you?4
John calls us to repentance. To actively think about our actions and whether they cause pain, division and brokenness, or whether they bring hope, healing and restoration.
Hold on to the moments that give your soul a little dose of hope.
Thus, wait actively, be curious, and find newness in the world as we move toward the Birth of Christ, the New Life.
How are you (and I) building the kingdom and helping us move in the direction of God’s vision? What are the acts of God that enable this vision of a prosperous future to unfold?
As I tell my 8-year-old regularly, this is a season of waiting — in line to make purchases, for the joy of gifts, but more importantly for how God will show up in our lives, our communities and the world around us.
Our faith life goes in circles, cycles and seasons — any of which may find us navigating the uncertainty of a waiting space.
Preparing is a time to remember why you celebrate and what it really means to you. Remember how you feel and begin to allow this coming season to begin to consume your thoughts and life.
There can be no Advent without first tending to the tasks of Thanksgiving. So, as we wait, let us all come to the feast, remembering with gratitude the plenty around us, remembering with compassion the need, and all the while expecting the transfiguration of abundance into beauty.