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Meditation for Advent, Week 2

Last week in our meditation we remained awake and alert, ready to welcome the Lord's presence, even in the midst of dreary darkness. We welcomed unknowing and uncertainty. We allowed the nebulous darkness and waited in the stillness. In the second week of Advent, as we wait, what message may come to us? 

Our New Testament reading this week comes from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 3 verses 1-12. In this passage we receive a wake-up call from John the Baptist, the voice of the one who cried in the wilderness. His message did not appear to come from a place of unknowing, but instead from a very different place in the mind and heart, a place of intense zeal and passion! 

There is talk of what we know, and what we think we know: "...do not suppose that you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham for our father; for I say to you that God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham.'" John the Baptist called for repentance from the conventional ways to whic…

Meditations for Advent, Week 1

During the four weeks preceding December 25th, Christians observe the season of Advent. In a literal sense, the four weeks of Advent are the darkest of the year in the Northern hemisphere. Where I live, the sun rises at approximately 7:00 a.m. and sets at 4:30 p.m. giving us only 9.5 hours of daylight out of 24.

We await the return of the Light at Advent, as our brothers and sisters in other faith traditions observe different yet similar practices designed to sustain hope in darkness and stay alert for God's presence: Milad un Nabi is celebrated by Muslims to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad--gifts are exchanged, food is distributed to the poor, and prayers are offered in mosques decorated with lights. Hanukkah is the festival celebrated by Jewish people in this season, championing the triumph of light over darkness and commemorating the continual burning of the Holy Temple menorah for eight days when only one day of oil was available. Yule is the Pagan European festival…