Let me ask you a Question. Could a child, with her family, perform an act of kindness, motivated by Just Love, without being aware that one way to name Just Love is, “The Spirit of Jesus?”
In the Christian Bible, the Book of Acts, Paul refers to Advent III when he encounters “The Risen Christ,” on the road to Damascus; and later in Acts, when he is puzzled by where to travel next as a missionary, refers to Christ as “The Spirit of Jesus.” I, and millions of others, could also tell you billions of stories of knowing this Christ personally.
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If the message of Jesus has been corrupted, and it has (divisions, condemnations, exclusions, crusades, inquisitions, klu klux klan, religious wars), how do we talk about this with our children? Here is an idea. Drink contaminated water with them.
To help our children and grandchildren learn to wait patiently we often provide them with Advent calendars which offer up to them a spiritual lesson and, often, a piece of chocolate or other trinket. It helps, but it doesn’t work. “How many more days to Christmas?” remains a popular lament of the little ones.
The First time Christ came into the world, Christ did not come into the world; Christ made a world. Ponder that for a moment.
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I had dived deep into the telling of the story to Audrey, “Let there be light.” In the dark forest, he big bear was growling, in grandpa’s loud and terrifying voice, “Grrrrrrrr!” The animals in the forest were trembling. That’s when Audrey humbled her grandpa with the interruption, “Grandpa, when do you get to the scary part?”
If we want to stay connected, and dodge life-diminishing isolation, we have to re-invent ways of being together during this covid 19 season. No sooner have changing circumstances made old ways too risky, than some folks immediately begin creating new ones.
Our family tradition includes a devotional gathering before the Thanksgiving Feast. This year that gathering will happen via Zoom. One blessing of this digital connection is that the oldest grandchild, Kasey, will be able to join us—wherever she happens to be. Kasey is a mental health officer in the US Army. She is on assignment with her unit, somewhere, assisting local medical resources overwhelmed by the current health crisis.