Browsed by
Tag: Advent

Seasonal Disorientation

Seasonal Disorientation

In the northeastern United States where I grew up, the holidays of the church moved with the rhythm of the seasons. In November, the days grew shorter as our part of the earth tilted away from the sun, and Daylight Saving Time kicked in. Most of the trees shed their last remaining leaves, creating a stripped landscape. The temperatures dipped, bringing frost and snow. As darkness and death descended, in December the light of Advent slowly pushed against it, growing…

Read More Read More

Coming to Jesus

Coming to Jesus

As 2018 draws to a close, my family is approaching the two-year mark of cross-cultural ministry. As this anniversary approaches, the stress and exhaustion and homesickness borne of moving to the other side of the world and pouring ourselves into life in our new home is starting to hit hard. I often feel at a loss for words in describing how I feel at this point, but when words do come, “empty” usually leads the way. I doubt I’m alone…

Read More Read More

Advent reflection: Mary

Advent reflection: Mary

The idea of reputation has been on my mind recently, and, with Advent also on my mind, I thought of Mary. One of the strongest temptations we face as image-bearers is the pursuit of selfish quests for glory. I am often filled with desire, fear, and ambition, all related to how others think of me. Yet Mary, when Gabriel comes to her, disregards this concern. His prophecy spells immediate shame for her, a virgin. Perhaps later, in the stillness left…

Read More Read More