Sometimes we have to welcome the darkness. To listen to what it has to teach us. To see what we can’t necessarily see in the light. Maybe that’s part of the beauty of Advent.
Christmas can evoke a lot of wonderful memories filled with wonder and delight. But it can also carry a sense of loss...or more accurately, maybe, a sense of what could be but isn't yet.
Living for the things Jesus values—love, grace, peace, generosity, compassion—flies in the face of political/industrial/military machines whose agenda is primarily about power & profits for the few at the expense of the many.
I'm tired of people being offended that others find their offensiveness so offensive.
And Earth said, “I’m so tired. I’m tired of each of you thinking you’re more important than any of you. I can’t listen to your bickering a moment longer. Don’t you see how you all need each other?