The Prophet Isaiah told stories of a future when things will fit together nicely that don’t go together now. He said “the wolf shall live with the lamb” and “the calf and the lion together” and all these would be lead by “a little child.” The world will be pleasantly full of paradoxes. What a mystery of a place to live!
This week’s theme tells us that God’s kingdom is here. The passages highlight the coming of Jesus’ birth, from the story of John the Baptist to Old Testament scripture foretelling the birth of a Savior.
We are asked to prepare for the Lord, to “be ready” for the day the Lord comes. Faith is our best preparation. Faith that God will deliver us from evil. Faith that God is always near. Faith that God has a greater plan.
Have you encountered this God of the mountains, the valleys, the animals and the storms—the God of the universe? The God of it all who, in all His glory, still wants a personal relationship with you.
Through worship, and especially through singing, I learned the stories of God’s people, God’s love and God’s call to be peacemakers. Here I learned to sing in the company of others, “I was glad when they said to me, let us go into the house of the Lord!”
Teachers are visionaries. At their best, teachers inspire their students to dream of and work to create a better world.
“O the mystery of God’s dwelling” expresses a sense of awe and wonder. Will we hold these words as a reverential expression for God’s act of incarnation? Will we mutter them with a sense of frustration and confusion trying to fully make sense of God entering the human world?
As churches prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth, Goshen College offers an online spiritual resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to welcome Advent, even in the midst of busy schedules and hectic lives. Beginning Nov. 25 (the Monday prior to the first Sunday in Advent) and culminating … Keep reading »
Glory to God in the highest. And on earth — in every tide pool, in every nook and cranny — peace. Amen.
Psalm 148 calls on us to offer God abundant praise. The Psalmist summons praise from all Creation – from the heavens to the depths of the earth, and from all living things, including sea monsters, birds, trees and even creeping things.