Advent Reading Day 9 – Beyond Celebration to Surprise

“And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.”  Luke 2:8 – 9 On a recent trip to Nairobi we saw the only signs of Christmas that we will most likely see before December 20th here in Addis.  It kind of caught us… Read More

Advent Reading Day 8 – Watching and Praying

“(Anna) never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”  Luke 2:37 -38 Today I will write little and instead ask you to Act.  We read today about Anna, the prophetess.  She had been devoted to the work of fasting… Read More

Advent Readings Day 7 – Radical Assessment & Adjustment

“John answered,’The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.’” Luke 3:11 We only have to read one chapter further from Luke’s account of the birth of Jesus to see a glimpse of what Jesus came to do.   Now, I know that for some people this seems out of line.  Come on now, aren’t we supposed to be… Read More