Have You Seen? {November 22nd, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Things We Keep

How To Actually Practice Advent {Plus an Invitation!} by Danielle Wheeler—”I love Christmas and I long for the spiritual journey of Advent to center my heart in the Christmas season. In a global transitory life, there are many traditions we can’t hold on to. But Advent is one we don’t have to let go of when we pack our bags and cross borders.”

That’s Not Right! {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”It will necessarily be different in our passport country than in our host country. For one thing, that passport of ours gives us a right to speak against injustice in our country, a right which must be earned in another country.”

Shadow and Light: An Interview with Tsh Oxenreider by Velvet Ashes Team—”We also recognize how we’re in the middle, already/not yet stage of still waiting for Christ to ultimately return and make all things new. Advent gives us the freedom to look around our life, look around our world, and admit that things are not what they should be, and yet to remember that this is not all there is.”

The Paradox of Advent by Lily—”Paradox at Christmastime is just as it should be. Christ’s first coming was filled with paradox. When Simeon saw Christ in the temple, he both rejoiced and prophesied sorrow. Even as he praised God when he saw the long awaited salvation of God’s people, he also told Mary that this baby that she had just delivered, and who would deliver her, would do so at a great cost to her.”

From Around the Web

Our Favorite Holiday Children’s Books

Questions about Going, and the Answering Thereof

Transition’s Tangled Emotions

Inexpensive Gift Ideas from Multicultural Kid Blogs

The Humility of Accepting the Offerings of Others

Finally, Where Does Your Soul Hurt?

And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

Support raising in the midst of a pandemic. Rain when everything is dry and barren. Hope when everything feels overwhelming.

We cry out to Jehovah Jireh, The Lord will Provide, to move in and do the impossible.

Perhaps you are down on your knees, heart desperate for His answers. Or you are looking back over this year and marveling that there was always enough.

The Lord WILL provide.

Let’s trust Him together. We hope you will be encouraged by the stories shared on the blog this week, real answers and real waiting and real hope for God’s provision. Share your own stories this week with the hashtag #VelvetAshesProvision.

Are you joining us for Advent? We are reading Shadow and Light: A Journey Into Advent by Tsh Oxenreider as a community. Readings start on Sunday, November 29th!

1 Comment

  1. Ruth Felt November 28, 2020

    I thought it was funny that the “inexpensive gift ideas” included things like a spa day or kids’ tablet. Haha.

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