I’ve been working on an answer to Rob’s question about whether he’s a Christian or not. It’s a surprisingly difficult question to answer — it’s personal, it affects a person, and I’m struggling with it. I’ve also had a trying day personally, so I have to put Rob’s question aside for the rest of today.
My friend Sarah Raymond Cunningham has released a pretty cool book for families at Christmastime. It’s called The Donkey In the Living Room: A Tradition That Celebrates the Real Meaning of Christmas, and it’s like Elf on a Shelf, but with the characters in the manger scene. The characters are hidden around the house; when the children find one, they hear a reading from that character.
You can see her interviewed about it here.
Patheos just posted the most recent “theoblogger challenge,” in which they ask bloggers to respond to a question in 100 words or less. This season’s question: “Is God Coming?” Here is Christian Piatt‘s contribution:
Everything could be in this
harmony of moments,
nothing being until it already is,
convulsing in conversation that never ends.
We call, respond, swell and surge,
with urges too deep to claim as
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.
Read the rest of the contributions here: Is God Coming? An Advent Theoblogger Challenge.
I’m a fan of Advent. I’d rather if we saved the Christmas carols till Christmas and instead immersed ourselves in Advent hymn during these days. But that’s a lost cause. However, you can take a little time to put Nat King Cole on pause and listen to some Advent hymns: