I don’t know about you, but I have realized in this season my need for joy. It actually feels like desperation. It has been so easy to be stressed, worried, frustrated, anxious, you name it. Discouragement has been constantly within reach, considering the state of the world and how divided our nation has been. On […]Read More
Well friends, it is our last week of Advent. (As far as the Christmas season goes.) The final theme is LOVE. I have been contemplating how crazy it is to be loved.
Then I think of that song that says, “It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone.” I think it’s dumb. Maybe I am not understanding what he is going for, but it seems nuts to me. I mean seriously, it is INSANE to be loved by anyone. It is actually mind-blowing.
Here is a silly little example: Every time someone calls me Kal, my heart could just actually burst. I lose it because I feel known and loved.
I’ll be honest; I’m struggling with JOY.
Remember the first week of Advent where I said of the weekly themes (Hope, Peace, JOY, Love): “In the church we toss these words at people like fuzzy blankets, all happy and glittery. In reality they have depth and strength to them that are highly underrated”? Gosh. I keep coming back to that. This world is messy and hard and broken. I mean seriously – my heart is breaking over Aleppo. Not to mention all the other heart wrenching events of this year. And JOY – it seems the most fuzzy and glittery of them all.Read More
We can find hope right here and now; we can make it a practice in our everyday lives. And we can hope for a better future, both in our lives here on earth and when Jesus comes back.Read More
JOY beckons us to believe. To believe that Jesus is all we need, our full and complete salvation.Read More
The final Candle, the final theme of Advent, is Jesus Christ. He came! He dwelt among us. He saved us. In the end, it is all about Jesus. He is our reason for hope. He is our reason for preparation. He is our reason for JOY! He is our reason for love. I felt the […]Read More
Written by Dominica Sorrentino Love. It is a word tossed around so lightly yet has such a heavy meaning behind it. We are so caught up in this weightless version of what we define love to be. No commitment. No action. No promise. Just words. But the truth is… Love is commitment. Love is action. […]Read More
Written by Candice Craig John 3:16….One of the most memorized, quoted passages in all of scripture. It’s everywhere—even on cardboard signs at ball games! For most people, it’s an easy way to share the message of the Gospel: “For God so loved the world…” I don’t know about you, but when I think of how […]Read More
Written by Ally Ley How often have you heard the phrase: “God is love”? While there is deep truth to that sweet little saying, it’s used so much and love itself is so often distorted that I wonder if we even know what we mean when we say it? I’ve believed in God for as […]Read More
“How glorious the splendor of a human heart that trusts that it is loved!” -Brennan Manning Sometimes God’s love is overwhelming. I wonder if we as earthly humans are even capable of fully embracing His love. Are we even built for that kind of unconditional, perfect, selfless love? Human love is different. It has conditions; […]Read More