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Advent: Healing has come, God is here

12.9. 2019 Posted By: Regina Shands Stoltzfus

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Sun., Dec. 15 Lectionary readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalm 146:5-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11 For many people I know, the past year […]

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Advent: The One Who is Coming will subvert the natural order

12.2. 2019 Posted By: Joanne Gallardo

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Sun., Dec. 8 Lectionary readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12 “A shoot shall come up from the […]

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Advent: Come, let us meet the One

11.25. 2019 Posted By: David and Leann Augsburger

Editor’s note: Throughout Advent, bloggers for The Mennonite will write reflections on the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary text. These reflections are archived at themennonite.org/advent. Sign up for our TMail newsletter and follow us on Facebook to receive the reflections. Sun., Dec. 1 Lectionary readings: Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 How does the story end? As you read […]

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Advent: Mary’s Magnificat, beautiful and infuriating

12.17. 2018 Posted By: Ben Wideman

This coming weekend, during the fourth Sunday of Advent, churches across the globe will read Mary’s Magnificat from the first chapter of Luke. It is a beautiful and stirring group of words in which Mary sings out her praise to God for the many blessings shown to her. To me, it feels very satisfying to […]

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Advent: An Advent of privilege

12.10. 2018 Posted By: Kevin Ressler

For Advent, I’ve been reflecting particularly on what it means to tell the Christmas story to my 4-year-old daughter. Particularly, as one for a preference for the Gospel of Matthew, how do I talk about the Massacre of the Innocents? This is the title given to the story of Herod ordering the killing of all […]

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Advent: Preparing the way by unlearning

12.3. 2018 Posted By: Jessica Schrock-Ringenberg

The days are growing darker in every way imaginable. I find myself struggling between great anxiety for the future, for the world, for the church, for my children and what they are growing up in and trying to convince myself that God is sovereign and faithful. I’m not seeing evidence of God’s sovereignty at the […]

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Christmas Eve: Light amid the darkness

12.24. 2017 Posted By: The Mennonite

Martin Navarro is a member of Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart, Indiana, and is a Stewardship Consultant with Everence Financial.     Reflection on Luke 1:46b-55.  Mary’s song, the Magnificat, is a reminder of Advent’s darkness and the anticipated hope we wait for in Jesus. Every year, Advent is celebrated in faith communities to reflect […]

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