For many of us, darkness is little more than a foil for the light; something to be feared, something to be endured, something to be avoided at all costs. And I get that. Bad news that seems manageable at 2 PM feels catastrophic at 2 AM. A health scare that seems under control at…… Continue reading Waiting in the Darkness
Hope has many different meanings. For example, I can hope against hope the Broncos are going to make the playoffs this year—they’re not. I can entertain wild hopes that I will shave 15 minutes off my half-marathon time, without actually doing extra training—I won’t. Or, I can hope that in spite of the dreary rain…… Continue reading An Advent Reflection on Hope
So, I have another reflection from my Advent devotional; this time on Hebrews 12:1-3: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the…… Continue reading Advent Thoughts on Running the Race
I am so excited that Advent is finally here; it really is my favorite time of year. Of course, some of this is because of the secular [read: commercial] Christmas season that started with Thanksgiving, really. I can’t help myself: I love decorating the house, writing Christmas cards, shopping for presents, baking, etc., etc.; and…… Continue reading Thoughts on the Beginning of Advent
Last night was mid-year graduation at Gettysburg College. It was the first time I had attended, and it was a really lovely ceremony. The graduates were recognized, and as each one came across the stage, we heard just a little about them. There were only 30 or so students, so the ceremony had a very…… Continue reading Stardust and the Incarnation
Perhaps nothing best embodies Advent waiting like pregnancy. Obviously, Mary’s pregnancy is the event all Christians are waiting for these weeks–so there’s that–but even more broadly, physical pregnancy is the source of the metaphor of new life, and also points us to new hope and new beginnings. So, it is perhaps somewhat ironically that I…… Continue reading Expectant Waiting, Adoption and a "death-bearing grave of a God"