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 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