Advent Thoughts on Running the Race

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

Thoughts on the Beginning of Advent

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

Expectant Waiting, Adoption and a "death-bearing grave of a God"

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"