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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Second Week of Advent

Life isn't particularly easy. Have you noticed? Surely you have, because none of us seems to slip by, unscathed by life's difficulties. We all have periods of challenge and periods of plenty. Yet, there is reason to hope and there is work to be done. We are Kingdom people.

I suppose that since I'm old old enough now to be mother to some of you, I'm old enough to be preachy (you know, in the way that middle aged women do -- telling you something that you already knew, as if you didn't, and feeling smug about it.) The difficult times come and go, but the important part is that they always go, yielding to periods of lightness and joy. There's no point in dwelling on them. One ought just push through to the end, because there will be one. My Mormon pioneer ancestors would have said, "Put your shoulder to the wheel; push along." We will reach Zion, you see, with God's help.

So then, take heart.  That tiny flame floating warm on wick atop wax of purple -- it speaks of Zion. It speaks of Almighty God approaching to enter our physical world -- God with us.  He is coming as a baby born to save us from ourselves, as a Savior returned to usher in the Kingdom, and via the Holy Spirit to enter our lives today in relationship with our Lord -- soon. As fire leaps from wick to wick amid the weeks' passing -- he approaches. We have hope. Take heart; sense peace; put your shoulder tot he wheel, push along, never forgetting that without Him we can do nothing.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Bring us your Peace.

(To listen the video, first click the pause button in the upper right hand corner of the sidebar to silence the blog music.)

Pax Christi friends,

1 comment:

  1. Michelle
    what a lovely, lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts.
    I've been subscribing for a while, but just stop in and haven't commented...I wanted to let you know how much I've been enjoying the blog, and also wish you success on the veiling project...I've heard a bit about it on soc media and it sounds lovely. Looking fwd to it.... and wishing you a Merry Christmas as well as a blessed remainder of the advent season.

    ALSo, keeping this window open so my boys can see your video here.....They each play a few, guitar...and I know they'll be interested in the ban'd take on "Emmanuel" I plan to play it each night when we light our advent wreath during the OAntiphon thank s for sharing!!! Pinning too
    Havea great day.
    Chris ( of Campfires and Cleats.


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