September MSA Imaginings

It is time to prepare for Advent and Christmas.  Some of the stores are way ahead of us with Christmas decorations and gifts already prominently on display. But we want to invite you to prepare for the real Advent and Christmas story.

Stop the Madness: Return to Our Senses for Advent

chittister-the-liturgical-yearJoan Chittister, in her book, The Liturgical Year, says: “The function of Advent is to remind us what we’re waiting for as we go through life too busy with things that do not matter to remember the things that do” (61). She goes on to challenge us by saying: “Advent asks the question, what is it for which you are spending your life?”

The incredible popularity of my prayer, Lord Help Me to Live Simply, on Godspace and Facebook this week has made me aware of how pertinent this question is. We all desperately crave more meaningful, less cluttered, lives. Yet we rarely take the time to slow down and give up the urgent for the important. In preparation for Christmas and Advent this year consider her challenge. What is it that you are spending your life for?

Take time as we prepare for the Advent and Christmas seasons to refocus your life on what really matters. Join us November 15th at the Mustard Seed House for a contemplative retreat facilitated by Christine Sine.

Coming Home: Uncovering Our Roots in the Advent Story, An Invitation to Participate

Coming Home in Advent 2013Advent means coming, and the season beckons us towards three comings we need to consider at this season.

  1. The first coming Chittister writes about is the remembrance of Jesus coming in the flesh, an infant whose birth captivates our hearts yet makes few, if any demands on our souls. For many the story is nothing more than a children’s story, a soothing tale that is little more than an add on to the secular celebration of consumption and overindulgence.
  2. The next coming to which Advent calls our attention is the coming of the presence of God recognized among us now in the Scripture, in the Eucharist, in the community itself. This coming makes Jesus present in our own lives, eternally enlivening, eternally with us. (65)
  3. The final coming to which Advent points us is the Second Coming of Christ, what my husband Tom calls Advent II: Homecoming. It is this coming that whets the desire of the adult soul. (65) We await with deep longing the return of Christ at the end of time when the eternal world of God for which we strive with every breath will come in all its fullness.

Which coming are you waiting for this Advent?

This is your invitation to participate in our Advent/Christmas series, “Coming Home: Uncovering Our Roots in the Advent Story”, and reflect more deeply on this question. Consider contributing a post for our daily Advent meditations or sign up now to follow the Godspace blog for daily meditations, weekly podcasts, seasonal videos and more resources for the season.

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We hope that this coming weekend will see the next stage of construction at the Mustard Seed Village. We appreciate your prayers as our team constructs the roof on our first building.

We also appreciate your prayers as we look for a new administrative assistant for the Mustard Seed Office.

Thank you for your ongoing prayers and support for the ministry of MSA.

God bless,

Christine Sine
Executive Director