The question that I think we should be asking ourselves in this Advent season of preparing for Christamas is – what is this Messiah we are expecting? What is the Jesus God Among Us, the Emmanuel, that we’re seeking to receive on Christmas?
During the first week of April, I attended (for the first time) the National Workshop on Christian Unity, held this year in St. Louis, Missouri. For over 50 years, the mission of the workshop has been to celebrate the spirit of unity that exists among Christians and search for ways to overcome the divisions that remain, by providing seminars for all who are concerned with Christian unity.
Becoming open to the powerful love that resurrected Jesus will change us. And when we become different, the world around us will begin to change. I’m not saying it’s easy. I’m not saying it will happen overnight. And it’s something we have to want and decide to do, because God has created us with the freedom to make choices – and love cannot be coerced. It can only be chosen and shared.