On a whim, I submitted this Advent reflection to Sojourners and they posted it! I might be able to get a few more in this Advent season, but I’m grateful to contribute at least one. Read and comment there to help me out.
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.
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