Photo by Mohammad Metri on Unsplash For the longest time, I resisted listening to podcasts. The kind of work I do requires me to deal with a lot of words every day. Many of these words are energizing--words I encounter in the reading I do for classes, research, and daily enrichment. Some words are discouraging--reading the news, scrolling…
Over the last couple years, I have increasingly turned to my phone when it's time to start praying. In fact, while we might usually think of our phones as distractions, they can also be life-giving resources.
Remember that God is at the center of every rule, the very Rhythm that animates life.
When God breaks in to this wedding at Cana, abundance and extravagance happen. When God breaks in there is always more. When God breaks in there is astounding grace. When God breaks in the ordinary is blessed and transformed. When God breaks in there is wonder. When God breaks in there is delight.
The resiliency I see in the Ngorongoro Crater is the resiliency I see in the Rwandan people. And all of it is the resiliency I see in the Good News of Jesus Christ. Each are witnesses to a robust faith that neither diminishes devastation in the face of hope, nor hope in the face of devastation.
In resurrection there is both the wild, untamed, strangeness of love upending death. And there is the graciously do-able, familiar, and relevant invitation to live life with and for one another. The good news is lived out in this way: on a human scale, in the simplest acts of accompaniment.
Advent is the season when we feel how desperately we long for Jesus’ coming into our world today. It is a time of searing honesty, of vehement lament, of deep cries, and hopeful longing.