This is gorgeous.
An article primarily about pastors and churches making the foray into social media, but the important takeaway for me was: experimentation, at any level of ecclesiology, requires the risk of awkward silence.
10 ways for people in recovery to relieve Christmas anxiety:
1. Moderation and balance with food
2. Avoid ads
3. Set a time limit on gatherings
4. Have a wingman for parties
5. Surround yourself with the right people
5. Hang with the kids
6. Turn to Jesus [says the article. I add: / your Higher Power. ]
7. Don’t forget the basics: sleep, water and exercise.
8. Ask yourself, “What am I really hungry for?”
9. Take it one day at a time.
10. Have fun!
If only we could really re-claim Advent.
And I’m not talking about the Advent calendar with nice little doors that have chocolate inside until you get to Christmas eve.
That’s not real Advent. That’s commercial Advent.
And I’m not talking about just banning Christmas hymns or music in deference to Advent music. That’s like only focusing on one tire on a car, when the whole thing is broken. It won’t do what you want it to.
No, we need to reclaim the totality of Advent because Advent is for adults.
Advent is for adults who wait for births, or for diagnoses, or for the death of a loved one, or for a new job, or for any job, or for that pink slip they know is coming, or for relief from pain, or for visitors to arrive and cheer up a lonely existence, or…
Or anything that we wait for that causes anxiety.
Because Advent is all about receiving the uncomfortable news that God is on the scene, is going to show up, is going to shake up your world in some way. And that news when coupled with the “Fear not!” of the angel message is what balances out this season.
Your life is going to be shaken. But fear not!
Jesus, we need to hear that again. And I mean that phrase in every way it can be taken.
|—||Reluctant Xtian, “Really Reclaim Advent — We Need It”|
We live in a culture in which snarkiness and witty remarks are not only the norm, but also in which skill in those areas is prized. It’s easy to forget that Jesus has the words of life — not cutting, snide, or snarky words.
I’m someone who can be bitingly sarcastic when she feels vulnerable. This was a very timely read.
"Still, my expectant prayer this Advent season is that one day, while Christ is making ‘all things new,’ (Revelation 21:5) God will also redeem my sarcastic nature. Even so come, Lord Jesus (like seriously)."
The spout of the stars in spate—
Where the thunderbolt thinks to be slowest
And the lightning fears to be late:
As men dive for a sunken gem
Pursuing, we hunt and hound it,
The fallen star that has found it
In the cavern of Bethlehem.
Unnecessary intervention makes your child feel bad about himself (if he’s young) or angry at you (if he’s a teenager.)
You know you’re an adult, not just when you’re able to put the needs of others above your own, but when you’re able to do it without giving a single thought to what they “owe” you in return. You realize that, at some point you weren’t even aware of, you became the tap instead of the bucket. And then you look back and hate your younger self for living under the delusion that somehow a world full of buckets could function.
It sounds obvious to the point of being insulting, and it is … to an adult. So, as with everything on this list, the answer is that when it happens, you’ll know. Give or take a decade or two.