Who is this woman, tapping a tabor, rejoicing in song, elegant in beauty, more than Egyptian?
Remembering the past, thinking in the present, and imagining the future all interweave.
Refresh my memory, / With words of Moses and Jesus, / To help me follow your ways / And imagine your future.
Lent is a voice crying in the wilderness, a finger stabbing in the direction of Golgotha.
Behold my grace through vessel, see my love / in bark-covered-twisted-winter-dead tree.
The Feast of the Nativity — the Church’s celebration of the mystery of the Incarnation — cannot be merely an extension of the good things of “the holiday season” as the secular world keeps it. Christ’s birth cuts at an angle to all the kingdom of this world: all of our bad things, and all of our good things — all of our sad things, and all of our happy things.
Bishop Graham Kings reports on the recent conference of the International Association for Mission Studies, in Seoul.