What are you doing for Advent at your church?
At Journey, our virtue of the month is Compassion: Caring enough to do something about someone else’s need.
Everyone is encouraged to extend compassion in the ways in which God leads. However we also offer opportunities for participation as a church family:
- Purchasing gifts to help a local family celebrate Christmas.
- Donating to Haiti Water Project, perhaps in lieu of spending money on family gifts.
- Donating mittens, gloves, scarfs and hats for a local charity.
- Baking cookies to take to public servants that have to work at Christmas at local hospitals, fire, and police departments.
Nowhere does the Christian community succumb to “a different Jesus” more than during the Christmas season. Sure, we tell the manger narrative and defend our rights to say “Merry Christmas,” but on the whole, the story we tell is pretty toned down. It is so familiar that it has lost its power. We have heard it so much that the idea of God in a manger no longer inspires awe and humility. We don’t talk about Jesus being such a threat to King Herod that he slaughtered innocent children. We don’t talk much about the scandal surrounding Jesus’s birth because Mary and Joseph weren’t married. We don’t talk about the threat the birth of Jesus posed to the political order of things. These are not part of the eggnog, mistletoe, Frosty-the Snowman story we have come to know. Jesus’ birth was a revolution of love!
May your Advent be blessed as you experience God’s compassion anew!