Garden seminar is over – Live in the Light

May you shine in the light that is Christ
So that your true colours can be revealed
May your life be filled with his light
So that you reflect his glory
May you live always in his light
And become all God intends you to be

Saturday was garden seminar at the Mustard Seed House.  We had a small but enthusiastic group with lots of good input, reflection and learning.  At one point I mentioned that peacock feathers only have one colour pigment – brown.  The incredible colours we “see” come from the refraction of light on strategically placed and positioned feather filaments.  Someone commented that they noticed the same thing on humming birds and remarked that because their humming bird  feeder was in the shadows the birds often looked dull and uninteresting while they were feeding

Birds need the light of the sun for their iridescent rainbow colours to reveal their full glory.  We need the light of the son of God for our true colours to be fully revealed so that they can reflect Christ’s glory.  In ourselves we are all dull and ordinary.  But when the light of Christ shines on us and through us, we are all able to shine with beautiful iridescent colours and breathtaking designs.  Only in Christ’s light and Christ’s presence can we become all that God intends us to be.

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Advent is Coming – Will You Join Me?

Tom and I are finally done with our travels.  It is good to be back in Seattle and getting my clock and my life turned around after our hectic Fall schedule.

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I came back to beautiful orchids in bloom which certainly lifted my spirits when I considered the mountain of work that awaits me…. and it is almost Advent.

During Advent which begins November 29th, I plan to host a blog series entitled What Are We Waiting for This Advent Season? and I would love to have some of you contribute to this series.

Advent is the season when we await the coming of the Christ Child.  But what does that mean?  Christmas and the coming of Christ mean different things to different people.

For some the season of Advent is the anticipation of the coming of a Saviour who brings personal salvation for those who choose to follow him.  For others it is the anticipation of a Saviour who will redeem all creation with love and righteousness.  For others this season is the anticipation of the coming of a God who brings justice for the poor and freedom for the oppressed.  For others it is the anticipation of judgement for the oppressors.  For still others it is the remembrance of a child whose birth two thousand years ago radically refocused our world.

What are you waiting for this Advent season? I would love to hear and I know that many others would be interested too.  You may wish to contribute written reflections, photos, poetry or even music.  My plan is to list the readings from the daily lectionary each morning and post the contributions that have come in each day.  I am hoping that these contributions will reflect a variety of viewpoints and encourage all of us to think more deeply about the birth of Christ and what it means to those who follow him.

If you are interested in participating in this blog series let me know.  Leave a comment on this blog post or send me an email at seasickdoctor@gmail.com .  I will send out instructions at the beginning of next week.
I am really excited about this series.  The last series I hosted over the summer What is a Spiritual Practice was highly successful and many people told me how helpful they found it to reflect on how they encountered and interacted with God.  I am hopeful that this Advent series will help us to take our focus away from the distractions of our consumer driven lifestyles and really enable us to enter into the contemplation of the coming of our Saviour whose life and love created our world and still fill our world.