Welcome to the new year. Not the calendar new year, but the church’s new year that begins with the season of Advent. This is our rhythm in which we both remember the coming of God’s Messiah so long ago, but also we longingly hope for the coming of Jesus once again to make all things new. As Robert Webber reminds us in his book Ancient-Future Time:
The church has been entrusted with the meaning of all time. The world does not know the meaning of its own history, but the church does. Through the discipline of the Christian year, the church proclaims the meaning of time and of the history of the world.
The church tells time differently and with genuine purpose. We do not need to despise our cultural calendar (nor an academic or fiscal calendar). Yet, the people of God proclaim a story through a different rhythm.
With the ushering in of Advent, I want to first turn to Mary’s song—what we call “The Magnificat.”
I imagine that, if I started it off, you could finish it.
As the deer pants for streams of water. . .
These words were turned into an intimate worship song a few decades ago. Many of us still remember it even today. But what if I told you Psalm 42 is actually a lament, a complaint, a pouring out of pain, hurt, fear, and more.
Four years ago my little memoir was released via Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf & Stock Publishers. Four years. So much has changed even in these past few years. So much because . . . change is inevitable. We have to get used to it.