Seasons of the Spirit ~ SeasonsFUSION

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God with Us

In this final week of Advent, when we light the candle of love, we hear the story of Mary and God’s invitation to her to be part of God’s renewing love for the world through Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us.

“God is With Us.” What on earth does this mean?

Patheos editors invited some of their favourite “theobloggers” to respond, in 100 words or less, to the question “How is God coming into the world this Advent?” You can read the responses here.

In 100 words or less, what would be your response to:

  • What evidence have we that God is with us, today?

Start or join the conversation in the “leave a reply” box below or on the Seasons of the Spirit Facebook page.

Richard Rohn
speaks of “Mary, the prepared one,” and Luke 1:26–38 as “the crescendo point to scripture’s theme of total grace and gift…She is the one who is the absolutely perfect receiver and refuses to play the ‘Lord, I am not worthy’ card that had become normative in most biblical theophanies. She simply states, ‘Let it be done unto me’”; or, as the biblical background on page 70 states, “Let me become what you have called me to be.”

Reflecting on the Word, on page 71 leaves us with this to ponder, as we rush to purchase and wrap our Christmas gifts in the last week of Advent.

Elizabeth gifted Mary in many ways.

  • How and in what ways might we utilize Elizabeth’s behaviour as a template of ways to gift others?

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One comment on “God with Us

  1. holly maloney
    December 14, 2011

    The Occupy movement reminds me that the God’s spirit is alive and well.

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