Advent Reading Day 24 – Living as a Foreigner

“1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1… Read More

Advent Reading Day 23 – Quiet Reflection

46 And Mary said:  “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.  Luke 1 There are conflicting interests at work when we get this close to Christmas.  On the one… Read More

Advent Reading Day 22 – Selam, No?

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 Within Ethiopian culture, Peace has a major role.  It is spoken constantly from one person to another in a greeting that has become standard – Selam No?  In other words, “Is it peaceful?” or “Are you at peace?”  While peace is part of our language here, there still is much that is not… Read More