For me, I find Advent to be the season that holds the most tension in the liturgical calendar. The new year has begun even before Christmas begins. We watch and wait for what has already happened, for what is still happening, and for what will happen again. When I read through the offerings on the blogs this week, the tension shows up there also. Please go visit!

  • “In fact, to create a healthy culture of diversity within a congregation, the system must be trained to tolerate a higher level of discomfort as stasis.” Amy breaks down the tension between diversity and accommodation.
  • “Those little mittens bring me so much joy, even though I’m now faced with the daunting task of coming up with 24 family activities that middle schoolers would enjoy.” I am smitten with the mittens of this Advent Calendar that Earthchick created. Any ideas for her as she juggles the tension of amusing middle schoolers who live in the tension of not quite children, not yet teenagers?
  • “We keep watch for God at work in the world, and we watch because we know that God often comes to us in shapes and locations that we would not expect.” In the midst of the turmoil and tension of our modern lives, Kristin reminds us to keep watch.
  • “Advent is a season when we think we have time.” Sam is wrestling with the tension between time and the seasonal busy-ness that lulls us into believing all will be the same as it always has been.

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