Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Advent has come at a very good time for me. Advent is about expectation, something (someone) coming, beginnings. Remembrance and reflection heighten the expectation and longing for the new. In the advent meditations by Maggi Dawn that I am reading, there is a lot of wisdom drawn from looking at the stories of ancient people from the beginning of time. I'm seeing how they lived in between promise and fulfillment and how they followed what came before, but also made it their own with first-hand encounters with God and with choices they made. There are things that I have been rethinking over this past year. Little nudges that set in motion a slight change in perspective have made my already shifting idea of church shift even more. Interesting how this book on Advent, titled Beginnings and Endings (and what happens in between), touches on some of those pesky areas to do with kingdom, social justice, people who differ, God's calling, and more. In this season of expectation and hope I look forward to the new that is coming. New understanding will be part of it and welcoming the real Christ into real life. During Advent we make room for him.


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