Have You Seen? {November 29th, 2020}

Last Week’s Theme: Provision

More Will Come by Jenny Erlingsson—”These words brushed against my spirit as I gazed out my bathroom window over three years ago. My posture seemed outwardly relaxed. It should have been an average moment of reflection as I finished washing my hands. But my heart was in turmoil, my thoughts running through scenarios and worries like they had been for months.”

Re-creating Culture {Book Club} by Rachel Kahindi—”I am not in a position to say, “This part of your culture is right. That part of your culture is wrong.” This has been done by people like me for hundreds of years, and we haven’t always gotten it right. Damage has been done. Some aspects of culture that were rejected by Western Christians could have brought glory to God, had they been preserved and redeemed.”

Waiting With Expectation + Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies by Ashley Felder—”While we hopped from city to city nearly every day of those travel weeks, we quickly realized people were so hungry for relationship. Even after not seeing some of these friends for 5 or 10 years, we reconnected quickly and many of them poured out their hearts to us.”

When Provision Doesn’t Seem Good by Jenilee Goodwin—”What happens when we are met with disappointment, frustration and pain because our prayers weren’t answered in time or the needed paperwork didn’t arrive or our kids have to endure another unplanned transition?”

From Around the Web

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Training Our Eyes to See the Good

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And Now For Next Week

The theme is…

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“Advent acknowledges shadows and dims them with burgeoning light. So we wait in expectation for the full, radiant, overwhelming light to one day wipe out all darkness forever. This is the hope of Advent.”

Tsh Oxenreider, Shadow and Light: A Journey Into Advent

As expats and journeying foreigners, we are marked by expectation.

These expectations—for all we hope to see in our time on the field, the amount of time we anticipated staying, how we thought our supporters would come alongside of us—can bolster our resolve or send us crashing in disappointment.

Advent reminds us of expectation and carries us in hope.

What did you expect of God this year? What are you asking of him for the new year?

Join us this week as we open up about expectation and hope! You can use the hashtag #VelvetAshesExpectation, or share your Advent thoughts with #VelvetAshesAdvent.

Advent begins Sunday, November 29th! Join as we read Tsh Oxenreider’s guide, Shadow and Light: A Journey Into Advent.

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