Advent is a season that slows us down so we can get our bearings, thinking through everything we do with greater care.
The last paragraph of Jesus’ life helps us understand the entire story and what it means to say, “Christ is King.”
Isaiah is drawing a picture of God’s hope and projecting it onto the world, so we can trace it.
The stories of our faith and the life of Jesus give us a panoramic view of God, changing the way we see this world and our lives.
Our prayers have their own story as well. They begin in struggle and move towards hope. Through those struggles, our prayers can become bigger.
Jesus tells the disciples that even though life is not fair, like this widow, they are to pray always and never to lose heart.
None of us have everything the children of the church need by ourselves, but together we have every single thing that is necessary.
Paul wants Timothy to see with greater clarity the source of his strength.
The challenge is to see both, but to let the hope of the stars speak to the challenges on the ground.
We could also call it the Grace Rule. We are grateful for the grace of God, so we offer it to others, whether that grace comes in the form of forgiveness, meekness, or peace.