The people of the Judean hill country know enough to realize that this means that God will be summoning him to something special in which, due to their proximity to him, they will almost certainly be caught up” (Gooder, p. 90).
This week’s Advent focus was on John the Baptist, whose circumstances around his birth made it clear that his life would not be ‘the usual,’ but that he was called by God for a special purpose. Gooder draws connections between the birth of John, the birth of Samuel and the birth of Samson to show that it was clear from the beginning that God was up to something with this kid. This caused fear in those around him, Gooder says. Continue reading Advent week 3: The power of proximity
“Prophetic waiting looks eagerly for signs of God’s salvation in our midst; it looks backward remembering God’s glorious salvation in the past; forward to the time in the future when it will break forth again; and all around us for signs of its presence now.” (The Meaning is in the Waiting, by Paula Gooder, p. 58)
In many ways this quote demonstrates a classic understanding of Advent–watching for signs of God’s salvation in the past, present and future. And that is good and true. But sometimes I wonder what this really looks like today. What are these “all around us” signs of God’s salvation now?
Continue reading Advent week 2: Yes, but for how long…
The season of Advent is always a meaningful season of reflection and pondering for me. This year, join me in this journey of pondering, preparing and anticipating the new way God is breaking into creation.
God’s call does not necessarily ask us to move our physical surroundings (although sometimes it does); most often it asks us to move our internal surroundings, to be prepared to be changed and transformed. —The Meaning is in the Waiting, by Paula Gooder, p. 29
Continue reading Advent week 1: Let’s go together