What is it about some of the Christmas golden oldies that evoke such warm feelings of home and holiday?
According to its translation from Latin, Advent means “coming,” and throughout the season of Advent, we begin a time of waiting for the celebration of Christ’s coming into the world on Christmas Day.
I find the season ahead somewhat daunting. Despite the cheerful vibe, I can easily get stressed about all of it: the advertising, the events, the deadlines, the search for appropriate gifts.
Do you think it better to have high expectations of others and risk disappointment, or to have low expectations and have them exceeded regularly?
Find your thin place. Remember the Lord’s command to Moses to “set limits” and “keep it holy.” Then, go there. Spend time with anticipation and expectancy to encounter the Lord of Power and Might just as the people of Israel appeared before Mount Sinai.
My name is Zechariah. Nothing so remarkable there, as thirty Zechariahs before me are recorded in the Scriptures. But Zechariah means “Yahweh remembers,” and that seems remarkable to me, especially after…well, I’ll explain in a minute.
Sometimes the balance of work life and family life is hard. I want to be the kind of person who can be everything to everybody.
In this season of Advent, in what ways could your personal expectations be shifted?
The kinds of stories we tell about ourselves matter, and the story patterns that control and direct our lives are powerful forces.