Advent

Christmas and new creation

Christmas and new creation

Christmas is a time of fun and joy and celebration… right?! Actually, Christmas has a way of highlighting some of the stuff that makes life really, really hard. How do we live through the mess & the darkness we sometimes feel at this time of year? Christmas is the beginning of a story that leads to Easter, and beyond Easter to the resurrection of the dead; right in the midst of the darkness, new creation begins. 

They shall name him Emmanuel

They shall name him Emmanuel

Of all the Big Life Events human beings experience, becoming a parent for the first time is surely one of the biggest. Jesus’ adoptive father Joseph discovers that he’s going to be a parent in the most extreme of circumstances: his fiancée is pregnant; the kid isn’t his; and, apparently, it’s God’s! Joseph’s response  to this news is full of remarkable grace and compassion. How can Christmas help us to respond to our own Big Life Events in a comparable way?