Last week was packed with three significant days on the calendar, each for very different reasons. Two of the days we celebrate as Thanksgiving and the First Sunday of Advent, but my guess is that you heard much more about the other one, “Black Friday”, than those two. Unless you live in a cave somewhere far off the grid it would be difficult not to. And I don’t know about you, but I started to develop a certain callousness to the relentless ads and “updates” that flooded every form of media. It was simple self preservation. But I also realized I have callouses in other areas as well, callouses that come from feeling hurt or disappointed or discouraged. And far from self preservation, these callouses can prevent me from receiving what I really need, hearing what I need to hear, seeing what is really going on. At least that is what I am beginning to understand as we dig deeper in our story of the parables and especially this week as we begin to look at the Christmas narrative.
Can’t wait ‘til Sunday,