December 31, 2018 at 03:30AM

Luke 2:22-38 (with Malachi 4 for context)
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“She gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”
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The Israelites had been awaiting a savior for longer than most could remember. Sometimes I’m sure they felt one would never come. Like Noah awaiting an end to the endless sea, the promise of salvation, whether it came as an olive branch or a tiny baby, completely changes the game. We wait too, in our own way. Let this be your olive branch–a savior is here; now go tell those who have been waiting.
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December 29, 2018 at 01:07AM

Something beautiful: A hawk (or possibly falcon) that I saw while dropping my sister off at work on Boxing Day
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What comes to mind when you see this feathery fellow?
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December 28, 2018 at 01:37AM

Meditation: The Gospel of Batman (see Deuteronomy 32:1-4)
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“He’s not God. He’s not. He tries…he does…I know. But he can’t… He’s not perfect. He’s just us. But in a leather bat suit.”
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I never really thought I’d have an excuse to bring Batman and Broken Mirrors together, but yet, here we are, thanks to Tom King and Lee Weeks’ story, “Cold Days,” in Batman Vol. 8 (2018). To sum up quickly, in this arc, Bruce slips up as Batman, and has to come to realize that the faith he has put in ‘the Batman’ has failed him; he realises that, as good as he is, he is not, and cannot be perfect, and if he falls into Batman waiting to be caught in the nick of time, he will “always be… waiting.” I don’t particularly want to ventriloquise this into a specific message, because I don’t think my message would specifically be the one the author had in mind, but I will say that this really did make me think of what I put stock in–not just to protect myself, but also to protect it/them from what I believe about them–and encourages me to think about the one who, I believe, would catch me.
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“You all said he saved you. So do what you would for any other man who’d don’t that. What you would never do for God. Save him.”
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I highly recommend you all go check out Tom King’s amazing ongoing run on Batman (from which the quotes in this reflection are also taken), available from Hoopla or your nearest comic shop (physical or digital). I also didn’t really mention it in the body, but Lee Weeks and Elizabeth Breitweiser did phenomenal things with the art, so hats off to them.
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December 25, 2018 at 11:43PM

Blessings Day Six: The Light into the World (see John 1:1-5, Isaiah 9:1-7)
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“The lights on the tree
They don’t go out…
For you and me”
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The last blessing is one that illuminates all the rest: that the Light came into the world, and comes into our lives every day. He’s a light that won’t go out, and even when it may seem dim, the darkness will never overcome it. The tree may come down, and the radio may stop playing the tunes of the season, but the light will never go out.
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The quote that starts this reflection is from “Lights” by John Mark McMillan, which I’ve linked in my description.
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December 25, 2018 at 11:20PM

Blessings Day Six: Wind and Waves (see Mark 4:35-41)
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“Be still, my soul; the waves and wind still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below”
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Trials may not seem like blessings at the time (or even often in hindsight), but I believe that they are. When the winds roar and waves rage, I am forced to think about the Jesus I believe in, just like the disciples so long ago. Is he a simple man, trapped in the same sinking boat as me? Is he asleep, content or ambivalent to my peril? Is he some terrible creature who frightens me just as easily as the forces of nature? I think he is more than all of these, and I so want to understand better. I know I’ll never really get it, but if these times of storm remind me only that he is in control, and he cares for me–cares for us–then they must be worth something.
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The quote that starts this reflection is from the hyymn “Be Still My Soul,” which is as lovely as it is haunting. Whenever I think of the words, they come to me in the voice of Levi the Poet, from his track “Stillbirth,” which, coincidentally, mirrors aesthetically a lot of the feeling of a storm. I’ve linked it in the description.
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December 24, 2018 at 07:00PM

Blessings Day Five: Rest (see Psalm 127:1-2, Isaiah
40:31)
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“Sleep in heavenly peace”
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The Christmas season can be a lot for all of us. For some, the days of childlike wonder seem so far away, doused by the go-go-go attitude of holiday responsibility. In times like these, it’s easy to drift away from the very person at the centre of it all, or worse, confine Him to a shape that fits like a puzzle piece in all the other bits of the season. I’m thankful for the times Christ has blessed me with rest, because without that, all my ends would be little more than fruitless dreams.
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The quote that starts this reflection, is, as you might have guessed, from “Silent Night,” the classic Christmas carol that still speaks volumes today. I’ve linked to a version of the song that I’ve been enjoying recently, by John Mark McMillan.
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