Advent Reading Day 25 – Embrace Encouragement

So sing, Daughter Zion!  Raise the rafters, Israel!  Daughter Jerusalem,  be happy! celebrate!  God has reversed his judgments against you and sent your enemies off chasing their tails.  From now on, God is Israel’s king, in charge at the center.  There’s nothing to fear from evil ever again!  Jerusalem will be told: “Don’t be afraid. Dear Zion, don’t despair. Your God is present among you, a strong Warrior there to save you…. Read More

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