Hearing The Heartbeat
Listening together to the heart of God
Each Advent I marvel all over again at these words: “Greetings, you who are highly favored; the Lord is with you.” The words aren’t just for Mary. That same Greek verb which means “to highly favor” is used just one other place in the New Testament, this time of us: “. . .
Advent, for me, seldom looks the way I think it should. And, as I wrote two weeks ago, though I often find it uncomfortable, that uncomfortable place is usually precisely where the grace is. This year is no different. I began Advent with anticipation, and with a plan to read
We began, eight days ago, to live this in-between month when the secular calendar is winding down toward the end of the year while the church calendar has already begun its new year with the first Sunday of Advent. Are we at the end of the story or at the beginning
Advent. The word means “coming.” For me, the word also holds all the anticipation and longing and preparation for the One who is coming. And the surprises of the way He comes. I always look forward to Advent—the melodies of Handel’s Messiah, the mirrored surface of the red and gold baubles turning