Over the years I’ve come to really appreciate the liturgical calendar. I grew up in a church that didn’t emphasise the seasons of liturgy, but at some point during university I began to practice its rhythms. It gave context to the holidays I absentmindedly celebrated as a child. Over the last year, it has created a sense of movement and change during a year where the rest of life feels like it’s moving in slow motion.(more…)
It might go without saying, but this Christmas season has been very different. I’ve always loved Advent. The waiting, the longing, the contemplation, the angst… all things we enneagram 4’s thrive on. Last year, like Mary, I was waiting on our own little baby. The magic of pregnancy helped me see the incarnation in new ways—less “o holy night” and more “oh heartburn nausea.”(more…)
This post comes from Amelia and Trey, who live in northwest Wales.
Say “Wales” to an outsider and some of the images conjured will include music, and perhaps even the tired if accurate account of hearing hymns sung at a rugby match. Hymns are important to both those who express faith in God and those who don’t. We’ve joined in the tradition ourselves, in both singing hymns as originally composed and arranging some to play with a guitar. We enjoy these songs and the deep truths expressed through soaring melodies and heart-wrenching harmonies.(more…)
The Lord isn’t slow to fulfill his promise, as some think of slowness, but he is patient toward you, not wanting anyone to perish, but all to change their hearts and lives.2 Peter 3:9 CEB
Linguæ Christi was expecting two new additions to our team in Wales this spring who have been delayed due to travel restrictions. This has been a challenge to our team in Europe as well as to those who had expected to arrive and have since been forced to delay their plans. The journey to service in cross-cultural missions is often a long one punctuated by surprises and setbacks at the best of times.(more…)