We seek. We follow. We track. We chase. We pursue. The season of Lent leads us from the ministry of Jesus to the cross. It also leads us to consider how we are encountering Christ in our daily lives. How and where are we pursuing Jesus? What keeps us from doing so? What new ways and […]
Starting on February 18th, Ash Wednesday, at Distilled Theology we will be discussing Anne Lamott’s latest book, Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. We will begin with the Prelude (introduction) on the 18th and proceed reading approximately 3 chapters per week over the following 7 weeks. As always, feel free to come to the […]
Vitality isn’t often the first thing that comes to mind in the depths of a cold and snowy winter. This is the season when things slow down, when green turns to brown and white, when spring blossoms and summer harvests seem far away.
And yet, signs of life and vitality are all around us. Signs that the God of life and love, hope and abundance is at work even when the world seems dormant.
In my experience, the practice of making personal resolutions at the change of the calendar year isn’t usually expressed as an intentionally spiritual practice. Why is that? Perhaps because New Year’s Day isn’t seen a “proper” religious holiday. However, you only have to look as far as its recently-passed holiday neighbor to see that it’s pretty easy for “real” Christian holidays to be transformed into something far beyond what those who first celebrated them might have imagined. So what might it mean for us to experience the New Year’s holiday as a more spiritually significant?
From angelic visions announcing that Mary will soon bear a son, a son who will change the world.
From Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, and her society-shaking song that proclaims that the lowly will be lifted up and the high-and-mighty brought down.
From John the baptist crying out in the wilderness: Repent! Turn your lives around! Prepare for God’s new way to break forth.
To the baby, ready to be born.
Look how far we’ve come.