-Jesus (Luke 18:15-17, The Message)
“Wonder is the only adequate launching pad for exploring this fullness, this wholeness, of human life. Once a year, each Christmas, for a few days at least, we and millions of our neighbours turn aside from our preoccupations with life reduced to biology or economics or psychology and join together in a community of wonder. The wonder keeps us open-eyed, expectant, alive to life that is always more than we can account for, that always exceeds our calculations, that is always beyond anything we can make….
…So how did it happen that this birth, this Jesus birth, managed to set so many of us back on our heels in astonishment and gratitude and wonder? And continues to do so century after century, at least at this time of year?… Continue reading
Consume our hearts and minds
Be the author of this life
Your Kingdom come, Your will be done”
“Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour in vain.”
How will you radiate the message of the Kingdom to those around you, today?
“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” -Philip Yancey
“How can we come to admire Jesus sufficiently to “sell everything we have and buy the pearl of great value” with joy and excitement? (see Matthew 13:44-46)
Ask. The first thing we should do is emphatically and repeatedly express to Jesus our desire to see him more fully as he really is. Remember, the rule of the kingdom is to ask. We ask to see him, not just as he is represented in the Gospels, but also as he has lived and lives through history and now, and in his reality as the one who literally holds the universe in existence.” –Dallas Willard
What would you ask Him today?
“Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus. He will be great, be called ‘Son of the Highest.’ The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David; He will rule Jacob’s house forever— no end, ever, to his kingdom.”
–Luke 1:29-33 (The Message)
Are you ready for God to surprise you today. Are you ready to expect the unexpected? For His Kingdom to break into your everyday, ordinary life and surprise both you and others?
-John Ortberg, The Me I want to be
Who do you want to be? Who are you becoming this advent? Are you becoming less irritated with others? Are you becoming less easily discouraged by circumstances? Who do you want to become next year? What stops you from becoming the ‘you’ God wants you to become?
“Be Holy, as I am Holy” -God
-1 Peter 5:7
“To care means first of all to empty our own cup and to allow the other to come close to us. It means to take away the many barriers which prevent us from entering into communion with the other. When we dare to care, then we discover that nothing human is foreign to us, but that all the hatred and love, cruelty and compassion, fear and joy can be found in our own hearts. When we dare to care, we have to confess that when others kill, I could have killed too. When others torture, I could have done the same. When others heal, I could have healed too. And when others give life, I could have done the same. Then we experience that we can be present to the soldier who kills, to the guard who pesters, to the young man who plays as if life has no end, and to the old man who stopped playing out of fear for death.
By the honest recognition and confession of our human sameness, we can participate in the care of God who came, not to the powerful but powerless, not to be different but the same, not to take our pain away but to share it. Through this participation we can open our hearts to each other and form a new community.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life
Repent and believe the good news!’”
-Jesus, Mark 1:15