This is part one of our 12-part series, 12 Prayers of Christmas. Check back and join us as we pray together leading up to Christmas. “I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Psalm 140:12 NIV There are 836 million people in the world living in … Read More
As we seek justice and peace abroad and home, we are threatened by the pangs of despair, failure, and even our own unmoved hearts. Lent marks a season of humble reflection and repentance.
Today we share the last post in our Advent series. We ask, how often do things that seem small and unremarkable end up being a part of something big, as was the case with the birth of Jesus? It is all a part of God’s plan, which we do not know. However, we do know we are meant to share His love. Join us as we share God’s love and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ by sending prayers for peace around the world.
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” is a nice line in a song, but only a dream for so many around the world. My journey with Jesus on behalf of the poor began several years ago in Kenya, but this past summer it took an unexpected turn to take my wife and me to the place God wanted us to be. Just like God grabbed the attention of the Magi through a star in the sky, inviting them to embark on a long and arduous journey to find the true King, God grabbed our attention through an invitation to go back to Africa and look again at the critical needs of mothers and children.
She walked for days over countless miles, her belly swollen. The baby within her gave her no peace, stirring and ready to be born. When the time came, uncertainty reigned. She was a stranger there. She wasn’t sure where she could deliver. But on that day as the first cry of her little boy pierced the air, her face broke into a smile. Her hope, her future had entered the world.
Advent is a season of expectation, hope, and preparation for the miracle of God’s entry into our world as a vulnerable infant. But do we pause often enough to ponder the birth itself? The nativity stories found in our sacred texts tell us little about it, though what we know is Mary was a relatively young woman, she was pregnant at an unexpected time in her life, and she delivered Jesus under less than ideal circumstances.
One of my favorite moments in the entire Christmas story comes just after angels illuminate the night sky, singing praises, and generally being terrifying as shepherds watch from below. After this miraculous (but arguably insane) fanfare, the shepherds look at each other and say, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened.”
For many of us who grow up in the church, Advent is something we are familiar with and welcome every year. But what does advent really mean?
“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” -Micah 6:8 Alexia Salvatierra, author of Faith-Rooted Organizing from InterVarsity Press on Vimeo. “We know how to give a person a fish. We know quite a bit now about how to teach them … Read More
Doing justice is doable…when you know how. Micah 6:8 has baffled me for years. I’ve always known its message is important to incorporate into my life, but I never understood what it means to “DO justice.” When two workshops on justice were presented by World Vision at my church recently, I attended both to learn more. The first workshop established a foundation for biblical justice, or the “why.” The second workshop on biblical advocacy explained the “how” of advocacy in tangible ways that any layperson can easily implement. Facilitated by biblical advocacy trainer and author Alexia Salvatierra, each workshop was skillfully presented…