Advent Blog Challenge & Free Gift

As most of you know, I have my blog hosted at Patheos, a wonderful interfaith site for thinkers, writers, readers and activists to come together and wrestle with any number of faith-related topics. Recently, Deb Arca (our Progressive Christian Portal editor) and Tony Jones (a noted blogger for the same section) invited several of us to take part in an Advent blogger challenge. We had 100 words or less in which to respond to the question:

Is God coming?

Following is my response in poetry, excerpted from a larger piece I wrote, called an Improvised Faith. Thanks to Tony Jones for featuring my response on his blog today.

Incidentally, if you like the piece, you can find my entire e-book of spoken word poems, along with an album of recorded poetry pieces I did along with a jazz ensemble, by clicking here. The downloads are both free, and any donation offered in return for the downloads from now through the end of the year will go entirely toward Week of Compassion, the international relief arm of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Everything could be in this
harmony of moments,
nothing being until it already is,
then was,
then gone,
improvised impulse
convulsing in conversation that never ends.

We call, respond, swell and surge,
with urges too deep to claim as
only ours.

We jump into nothing,
led only by a sense of the next,
the context of reflexive faith
is one that chases toward
but never reaches.

Faith teaches those who listen—
begs for refrain.

The pain of birth into new life is loss,
the cost of which is death to this life,
resurrected only by Love.

So now, I present the same challenge to you, my fellow readers and friends. Please post your responses to the question, “Is God Coming?” in 100 words or less in the comments section of this post, and I’ll share some of them soon in a new post.

About Christian Piatt

Christian Piatt is the creator and editor of BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BIBLE and BANNED QUESTIONS ABOUT JESUS. He has a memoir on faith, family and parenting called PREGMANCY: A Dad, a Little Dude and a Due Date, and Hachette published his first hardcover book, "postChristian: What's left? Can we fix it? Do we care?" in 2014. His first novel, "Blood Doctrine," has been optioned by a Hollywood production company for a possible TV series.

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  • James Early

    No, God is not comING.  God is here.  Can infinity be absent even for a moment?  Can eternity have gaps?    Only a limited god could come or go, be present or absent.  The human mind cannot begin to comprehend  God’s divine infinite everpresence.  God reveals Himself to us spiritually and we think He is coming to us.  But we are only seeing, understanding, and experiencing more clearly what has always been present.  The question is: Are we coming to Him?

  • Ona Marae

    Is God Coming?


    Yes, over the hill, I hear the sounds of a slow moving
    troupe of laughter and tears, stories and questions.  Coming again, as always, I find the source of
    the now and the not yet, arriving again in my life.  No flashy deity, superman in cape, but God in
    humanity, wrapped up in skin, dusty and bruised.  God comes and I reach out and welcome her
    with open arms!  Each time, I am dirtied
    yet radiant as my life takes on, for the first time again, the promise of hope,
    peace, love and joy.

  • Linda Brendle

    This is a brief version of my latest blogpost:

    When Mom lived with
    me, clipping her toenails wasn’t my favorite job. As I sat on the floor at her feet,
    I often thought of Jesus with a towel wrapped around His waist, kneeling at the
    feet of His disciples. I also thought about Mom’s life that was getting smaller
    all the time. If she needed her toenails clipped, it was the least I could do.

    God is coming, but
    you may not recognize Him, and He may need a pedicure.

    “…when you
    did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!” Matthew 25:40