in my 35 years as a christian, i have watched (and participated) as more and more evangelicals and non-liturgical communities have discovered how marking special days on the church calendar can be helpful in celebrating and forming our faith. since the christian year tells the story of jesus, it is a great way to become more "jesus-shaped" in our approach to life, worship, and mission in the world.
as eugene peterson said,
when we submit our lives to what we read in scripture, we find that we are not being led to see god in our stories, but our stories in god's. god is the larger context and plot in which our stories find themselves.most are introduced to the christian year via advent, the period of preparation before christmas.
today's discussion question is simple:
how have you, your family, and your church practiced advent?it is hoped that we can be of encouragement to one another as we seek to inhabit the story of god and let it form our lives in jesus.
today's van gogh
shepherd with a flock of sheep, 1884