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Advent: Week Four. Keep Looking. Reading—Luke 21:27-28

27 Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. 28So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near!” Christmas comes and goes every year. November triggers dreaming about plans, gifts, road trips, snow in the forecast, clothing stretched in layers. We jaunt a little faster from our car to the store as the cold air nips at us. Life feels cozy with thoughts of Christmas. We experience the anticipation of the holidays. And once it comes, it soon passes and we start to settle back into the rhythms of ordinary life. Rarely do we remember that we are still anticipating, still waiting. This waiting is not for the Christma

Advent: Week Three. The Invasion. Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7

9 Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory. 2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. 3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. 4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the

Advent: Week Two Searching and Finding. Reading: Jeremiah 29:12-14

12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will look for Me and find Me, when you look for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,’ says the Lord. ‘And I will bring you back and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have made you go,’ says the Lord. ‘I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you away.’ Sometimes the warmth and joy of the Christmas season hide behind a thick fog. The rhythms of life, the steadiness we bank on is interrupted with a cosmic tragedy, or unexpected upheaval. Maybe no income, ongoing construction in your home, family far away, or most terrifying, the loss of a loved one. It can

He Values a Waiting Posture: Advent Week One.

Advent: Week One Waiting Reading— Jeremiah 31: 2, 8-9 2 This is what the Lord says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.” See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return. 9 They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son. In our Amazon-Prime lives, where we rarely have to wait more than two days for a delivery

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