The gift of Advent is the gift of time, since "with the Lord one day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like one day" (v. 8). Charles Dickens' novel A Christmas Carol is a beautiful story about Advent time. Recall that Ebenezer Scrooge experiences time personified in the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. When the Ghosts depart, Scrooge has only one question, "What time is it?" He runs to the window and calls down to a boy in the street. "What's today?" To the shocked ears of the little boy, Ebenezer needs to know the time: It's Christmas Day.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.