RevGals & Pals,
Advent is practically upon us, that holy season of collisions and contradictions: the Not Yet interrupting the Now … the birth of Something that already Is … the disruption of complacency to reveal God at home among us … the miraculous surprising the ordinary … not to mention our contradictory preparations for the coming of Christ versus the coming of Christmas.
A sampling of insights from around our network, on the interruptions & contrasts that shape not only Advent but also our lives:
~ Elsa reflected on rocks this past Reign of Christ Sunday: rocks that interrupt our journeys, trip us up, stub our toes, make life hard … yet the same rocks can represent possibilities, when we (with help from community & Spirit) can imagine it.
~ Deb at Unfinished Symphony shares, for our pondering, the collision between perspectives on that infamous word, “vocation.”
~ Stratoz celebrates the professor who reminded him to see contrasting worldviews beyond his own world of studying biology…which just maybe opened his eyes to dating a poetry major & artist.
~ Not Fainthearted reminds us that waiting is not a mere liturgical observance; it collides with the practical, social, spiritual needs of our lives: like having a job that feels purposeful and provides income.
~ BookGirl recently experienced that very hard, very real collision of death interrupting life; prayers of grief & tears & holy comfort to those affected.
~ Katherine at Any Day A Beautiful Change celebrates blogs as a medium for interrupting our daily routines to enjoy a conversation (and she celebrates her 1000th blog post – congratulations!).
~ Bonnie offers a playful picture and invites us to be present in the Now, even as we await the Not Yet.
~ And Diane reminds us, thank God, that the One who will interrupt our lives this Advent doesn’t need our decorations & preparations in order to arrive!
Blessings as you prepare (as much as any of us can) for the interruptions that come with Advent.