I’m very excited to begin our Advent Journey at the Quest this weekend. During Advent, we take the time each year to unpack the four incarnational ideals represented in the birth of Jesus. This weekend, we talk about hope. I have some things to say about hope and how to allow it to fill you to overflowing. I’m afraid that sometimes we think about the incarnation as some historic tenet of Christianity that must have seemed important at some point. The point of the incarnation is not that it happened, but that it continues to happen, but only if we let it.
God is looking for willing participants in the incarnational life. Anytime you begin to live incarnationally you enter the Kingdom of God in a beautiful way. So, how do you live out an incarnationally hopeful life? That is precisely the question that we will ask and begin to answer this weekend. Another way to understand the incarnation is to think about it as ‘giving skin’ to God. That is the eternal dream of God—that people like you and I would allow her to live though us and impact not only us, but everyone we encounter.
Jesus is the prototype and we are the ones who follow in this way of life. We are not talking about a belief system but a lifestyle. The Lifestyle. I’m thrilled to begin to share it with you on Sunday.
On Saturday we will meet to decorate our building to help us to embrace Advent. Please join the party anytime from 1 to 4. It will be work, but fun work.
I know that life will begin to get busy over the next few weeks, but you can live it in a more beautiful way than ever before. I want to encourage you to make the kinds of choices that will open up new space in your heart for the coming of the Christ, not only into our world historically, but into your life more fully right now.
I hope to see you soon friends.
Peace to you.