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Welcome Advent!

In Uncategorized on December 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Today marks the beginning of my favorite time of year, Advent. Phillip and I follow a daily book of

 

“Advent, meaning ‘the coming’, is a time when we wait expectantly. Christians began to celebrate it as a season during the fourth and fifth centuries. Like Mary, we celebrate the coming of the Christ child, what God has already done. And we wait in expectation of the full coming of God’s reign on earth and for the return of Christ, what God will yet do. But this waiting is not a passive waiting. It is an active waiting. As any expectant mother knows, this waiting also involves preparation, exercise, nutrition, care, prayer, work; and birth involves pain, blood, tears, joy, release, community. It is called labor for a reason. Likewise, we are in a world pregnant with hope, and we live in the expectation of the coming of God’s kingdom on earth. As we wait, we also work, cry, pray, ache; we are the midwives of another world.”

This quote is even more timely for me because I have had several friends give birth this week! New babies…a promise that God has not yet grown tired of us, forgotten about us, given up on us. If I do nothing but remember that, I will have plenty of reason to worship and have joy through this season of labor.

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I hope I have more to share soon, but I have an idea on my heart for how to show God’s love this Advent season. It is a little big and crazy, and I am still trying to figure out if it is something I can go ahead with. If so, trust that I will soon be sharing because I will need all your help in a big way!

 

 

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