I explore the artistic and spiritual elements of The Annunciation by Simone Martini for a first Sunday in Advent reflection on Emergent Village. I see this moment one of many divinely human encounters in the Biblical narrative. Please read and comment there.
I explore the first Advent and its context on Burnside today in “There must be more.” For Mary, for Joseph, for Jesus and for us there are chilling consequences of a God who risks reputation and honor for the greater work of salvation in the Earth. Messages of comfort, wealth and notoriety suffer under such an Advent lesson. Please check it out and comment there.
There are two primary forces in this world fear and faith. Fear can move you to destructiveness or sickness or failure. Only in rare instances will it motivate you to accomplishment. But faith is a greater force. Faith can drive itself into your consciousness and set you free from fear forever.
–Norman Vincent Peale