Do you remember that feeling of wonder? The first time you held your newborn child. Or the first time you soared above the clouds in a plane. Or maybe it was that moment you felt how grand the universe truly is and how intricately life is held together. Wonder connects to the depths of our soul. But something odd happens in most of our lives. Things that once might have stopped us in our tracks or taken our breath away are now pushed aside by the next item on our “to-do” list or other more important “adult” things. Most of us aren’t filled with wonder very often anymore. Then there is Christmas. “God with us”…a baby born in a manger, God becoming man for the salvation of ALL. An act motivated by pure love. Christmas is truly filled with wonder. Join us as we journey through advent together, reawakening our sense of wonder this Christmas season.
November 27: “Free To Wonder”
While many of us have the capacity to experience wonder, we also have the tendency to want to eliminate wonder altogether. There is something risky about something filled with wonder. Wonder can pose a threat to our capabilities, our control, our securities. We all find ourselves in this struggle of how to respond to the wonder of “God with us.”
December 4: “Finding Wonder”
Luke 1:26-34; 2:19
When you believe something, when you are intimate with something or someone, there is no need for wonder. You don’t wonder about things you know about intimately. In this way, the longer we pursue God and walk with Jesus, the harder it is to hold on to wonder.
December 11: “Starting at the Bottom”
When something needs to change, people usually start at the top and work their way down. Instead, God started at the bottom, the shepherds. Their humility allowed them to wonder.
December 18: “A View From The Choir”
1 Peter 1:10-12
Our point of view of Christmas is very different from the point of view of the angels. They wonder about Christmas just like we do. They wonder what redemption feels like in the human soul.