Advent Reflections

Christ Leading Me: Advent Meditation, 12/12/2012

December 12, 2012

December 12, 2012 By: Vivian Taylor There are a lot of different kinds of bad news. There’s the “we’re out of that the flavor of ice cream you wanted” kind, the “you missed you’re train so you’re going to have to find a way to kill six hours until the next one comes along” kind, […]

From the Mouths of Babes: Advent Meditation, 12/10/2012

December 10, 2012

Psalm 8:1-8 By: Joe Domko Psalm 8 celebrates and honors both the Creator and the created order. Echoes of Genesis are easy to notice; perhaps not so obvious is the connection to Job’s whirlwind. The former is realized through the catalog of fauna found in verses 8 and 9 (see Genesis 1:28), while the latter […]

Turning Toward God: Advent Meditation, 12/9/2012

December 9, 2012

Luke 3:1-6 By: Amy Real Coultas During Advent, we are preparing our hearts to experience the arrival of the Word of God. We’re told to “keep watch” and to “stay awake.” We are supposed to pay attention to what God is up to in the world. In this passage from Luke, a young adult named […]

May God's Peace Be Upon You: Advent Meditation, 12/8/2012

December 8, 2012

Lately the religious diversity of the United States is more apparent. As a result of this increased awareness and familiarity with other religious communities, we get more opportunities to participate in what Swedish theologian Krister Stendahl calls “Holy envy.” Holy envy is simply an acknowledgment of traditions and practices in other faith communities for which […]

Struggling Towards Peace: Advent Meditation, 12/7/2012

December 7, 2012

Psalm 27:1 By: Christopher Esposito-Bernard During the season of Advent, we anticipate peace. Anticipate because we know peace is still just out of reach. That’s the tension of the Christian life. We are in between God’s kingdom and our own. We look around and we don’t see God’s will being done. God’s kingdom hasn’t come. […]

Dance Upon the Surface of the Deep: Advent Meditation, 12/6/2012

December 6, 2012

Matthew 7:24-27 By: Lucas John Mix The world can be stormy. Chance and fate play a large role in our lives, from school and family to politics. We may feel like a ship, ravaged by wind and rain. People are complicated – and governments more so. What seem to be whims in people we trust […]

Psalm 23 & Peace: Advent Meditation, 12/5/2012

December 5, 2012

Psalm 23 By: Carrie Diaz-Littauer The beautiful verses of this well-known psalm have afforded comfort and peace to weary and anxious souls for centuries. But sometimes I feel they are too good to be true. The green, lush, soothing place where a peaceful David is led feels like an unattainable dream. It is one faithful sheep’s […]

Peace in the Midst of Life: Advent Meditation, 12/4/2012

December 4, 2012

Luke 10:21-24 By: Rachel Jones Peace: it does not mean to be in a place where there isno noise, trouble, or hard work.It means to be in the midst of those things andstill be calm in your heart.— anonymous Jesus gets kind of weird in Luke 10. He goes from sending the 70 out into the […]

Grant Us Thy Peace: Advent Meditation, 12/3/2012

December 3, 2012

Isaiah 2:2-5 By: Hillary Raining Last summer, I was blessed to take a pilgrimage to a holy little island off the coast of Wales, named Bardsey. I traveled there with a group of fellow doctoral students who ventured to study Celtic spirituality through the model of the monastery that was established on the island in […]

God Will Prepare the Way: Advent Meditation, 12/2/2012

December 2, 2012

Today’s passage from the 25th Psalm is all about trust – trusting in God to show us the way to salvation. Aren’t we already doing that? “Show me your ways! Teach me your paths!” No matter how much we say we’re ready, how many times we ask for wisdom, somehow we still don’t have a firm […]

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