"For example, saying something like "this is the clear teaching of Scripture" is similar to saying "I'm not a racist." Self-aware people would never say either one of those things.
Self-aware people would say things like "I don't want to be a racist" or "I try not to be racist" or "I condemn racism." But they would never say "I'm not a racist" because self-aware people know that they have blind spots."
My friends just released this song. What do you think? https://open.spotify.com/track/3mD3a0wQcNsoeTct1GGkn3?si=tCEfmEIJREy3ruBrrRLVDQ
“I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.”
Ursula K. Le Guin
"It might have been just someone else’s story,
Some chosen people get a special king.
We leave them to their own peculiar glory,
We don’t belong, it doesn’t mean a thing."
"It is a serious thing
just to be alive
on this fresh morning
in this broken world."
--Mary Oliver, Red Bird
"If there really is a God like this—a God who understands and controls things so big my calculator has to use a letter to get it across, who is also a God who walked among a tiny tribe of ancient people called Israelites, who allowed them to write about him in their tiny ancient ways, and who subjected himself to suffering and death (what we work so hard to avoid), well. . .
I think we’re talking mystery here, people."
George MacDonald on winter
This animation of president Trumps handshake was made by a guy in my little Swedish hometown. It's really spot on.
"They sought to soar into the skies
Those classic gods of high renown
For lofty pride aspires to rise
But you came down.
You dropped down from the mountains sheer
Forsook the eagle for the dove
The other Gods demanded fear
But you gave love
Where chiselled marble seemed to freeze
Their abstract and perfected form
Compassion brought you to your knees
Your blood was warm"
"This Christmas, by all means remember the angels and the shepherds and the magi and the little boy-child Jesus in his manger. But also remember this mother and her child on the streets of Bethlehem. And remember that the coming of the Christ was to set in train a revolution of love and justice that would eventually sweep away all tyrants and free all victims and end all wars."
Poor Santa in this little masterpiece by Neil Gaiman.
One of my Christmas favorites, found the picture here http://amongwomenpodcast.com/guest/sr-grace-remington-ocso/ so much hope in this one.
Mary and Jesus by Parker Fitzgerald
But the truth is that Advent is quite different from Christmas as it carries its strong theme of prophetic lament. The world has gone wrong, justice lies fallen in the streets, and it seems that God is nowhere to be found. That’s when the lamentation of waiting arises in our soul: “O Lord, how long?”
Waiting For God To Act - Brian Zahnd