Give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light…It is Advent. Advent begins in darkness. Whether that be literal darkness because the days are getting shorter leading up to the Winter Solstice, or be it that our lives are filled with darkness: violence, division, name-calling, labeling, fear, intolerance, and yes…hate.
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing.
Imagine you’re talking in front of a room full of people, completely at ease. You feel no judgement or self-consciousness and you know that everyone listening supports you and loves you. There is an overwhelming sense of peace. Sounds like the dream, right? All humans crave this kind of acceptance and love, yet there are so few places we can find it. Through many stages of my life, I have found this feeling at Happening…
A parishioner sent me a text recently. She is a teacher and was concerned about something her students were telling her. They were telling her that dogs have no soul and therefore, do not go to heaven (quite the classroom discussion between conjugating verbs). She wanted my thoughts.
Bishop Seage speaks often about striving to be one Church. When the Chapel of the Cross graciously allows me the time to preach and celebrate the eucharist at another church, we are living into that call of being one Church.