The endless cycle of want, symbolized by the spell commercials cast over children, can make us wonder: are any of our wants “normal” and inherently human, or are they all created in us by the world of advertising and its wizards behind the curtain? How should we, as Christians, live in a world that is caught in this cycle?
During this season of Advent we pause, or at least try to, and with an eye on Psalm 51, we cry out to the One who is preparing us for that Christ-coming-again, Christ-restoring-completely, Christ-reigning-forever event.
John the Baptist reminds us that memories are made in the preparation phase, not just on Christmas Day.
We all fail: at work, with our families, in our lives. What does it look like to embrace grace and live as people of second (and third, fourth, and seventy-seventh) chances?