Blogging by phone

It’s funny. My phone is in my hand virtually all of my free time, but I have never written a blog post using the WordPress app. Today, however, I’m biting the bullet! This post is brought to you by phone. Let’s see how I do!

I wrote the above text using the WordPress app, but when I went to insert a graphic, I couldn’t figure out how to do it. (Argh.) I’m determined to continue with the whole phone-trial, though, so I did the next best thing and signed on to the WordPress site, where I’m more comfortable. Continue reading “Blogging by phone”

First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Hope Peace Joy Love Advent Wreath

Advent is here! It is the season of anticipation before Christmas, as well as the start of the new liturgical year. Christians celebrate with Advent calendars, Advent wreaths, Jesse Trees, and – at least in my experience – many, many repetitions of “O come, O come, Emmanuel.”

In some churches, the four weeks of Advent are each given a theme: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love. This first week of Advent, we celebrate hope:

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases,
God’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in the Lord.”

Lamentations 3:21-24

I need the Lord’s hope very much right now. Our world seems to be increasingly chaotic, frighteningly greedy, and profoundly unkind, and I sometimes wonder how much more we will stray from “loving our neighbor” as God commands. I see so much self-interest, so many people seeing anyone different from themselves as “other,” so little willingness to listen or to work together. Continue reading “First Sunday of Advent: Hope”