News Tagged: Advent

Light in Darkness: An Advent meditation

Light in Darkness presented at Oregon Interfaith Hub’s Interfaith Winter Service, December 5, 2023 Approx. read time: 1:30 min. Winter comes. Days grow short. Sunlight is precious, and fleeting. The dormancy within mirrors the dormancy of Creation. For Christians, this is the season of Advent, a season of invitation to come close, to approach, to… Read more »

Wake up—from the sleep of inhumanity

  Approx. read time: 1:00 min. “Wake up!” Jesus says repeatedly, of the socially and politically fraught times he lived in.  “Be constantly on the watch!” he urges. “Stay awake!” If we’re paying attention, these words are the cue for this Advent season. But in our times, we resist being woke. There’s always a reason… Read more »

My Advent longing

Approx. read time: 2:10 min I await the end of the world of oppression, injustice, mean-spirit, rancor, power over, diminishment of humanity and decency and dignity of each one whether low, high, or somewhere in the middle. I await the end of the world of suspicion and judgment and fear and mindless pushback against what… Read more »

I await Jesus, the nonviolently subversive One

Approx. read time: 3:15 min   The prophetic and divinely subversive season of Advent slips in, I notice, while shoppers’ attention is fixed on nabbing a parking spot, a deal, and the dream of abundant merch on every shelf. A prophetic season, I say, because we can’t say we didn’t get the warning: The reign… Read more »

Honestly, how shall we pray in this Advent season?

If we are paying attention, we are being sobered. Here is my Advent prayer. Approx. read time: 0:52 sec. Somehow the familiar language of Advent doesn’t fit anymore. At least, not for me. And maybe not for you, either. We’re in a long season of purification, a painful season of sobering up to the reality that… Read more »

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