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 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

Advent Reading Day 20 – Love in Action

“and she gave birth to her firstborn , a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7 Love.  There’s no motivation quite like it.  It motivates us to do things that we otherwise would think silly or dangerous or unthinkable.  It motivates the quietest of men to propose in front of large crowds.  It motivates mothers… Read More