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Advent #4: Joy

Christmases in my late teens are some of my fondest feelings of my entire life.

I feel odd talking about this time in life because I’ll end up talking about kittens, Rice Krispies, Care Bears, and babies to get my point across. That warm feeling that is far too rare in life is the only other way to describe these times of the year. The closest thing I can reason why these times are felt and remembered this way has to do with people, however briefly, in complete reconciliation with each other. If only for a few hours, 10-30 people around me become drama-free and seem to rise to a different level of human interaction and intimacy. As I begin to think it about, I miss it.

Part of God becoming man was to reconcile everyone to everything, or at least to start. God wants us to love to him, love each other, and love the world around us. That is the vision of the future that I caught in those times. C.S Lewis equates joy to that idea – he called it sensucht, a funny-sounding german word for that indescribable feeling of longing that isn’t necessarily bad, but a good longing. Feel me?

Lewis goes further to say that joy isn’t the end state, but the journey to the state. The joy of those Christmas memories is that it is a glimpse along the journey towards what the New Creation. And when that comes, we will have untainted knowledge and relationship with God, pursuing the greatest understanding of a fully unknowable God. That is the greatest joy.

And that, to me, is Christmas.

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 14, 2009 at 11:47 pm, filed under Christianity, Life and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Advent 2009 #3:Peace

There’s no money in peace.

We live in a world where the absence of peace means making a living for far too many. From a trillion-dollar world military complex, to drug companies, to health food stores, to ‘safe’ toy makers, to political activists, to culture-warring Christians, ‘seeking peace’ can mean a wonderfully full cash flow, a guaranteed profit margin, and a spot on the nightly news. And it only costs us something we don’t really know anyway.

People in a fallen world aren’t wired for peace. Sin has made peace impossible on all fronts: no peace with the world around us, no peace with each other, and no peace with God.

The only true peace people could look forward to were fleeting moments seeking and worshiping God and hoping for peace in the end: the end of life, the end of the world – neither of which were particularly good prospects and neither rarely came soon enough.

This changed however, for at least two people 2000 years ago. A teenage virgin found out she was pregnant in a culture ready to shun and even kill her for it. Her older fiancée faced social shame and mockery. These two people found peace on earth when they found out who this child would be. The child they helped bring into the world in a stable brought peace to isolated shepherds on the night of his birth. 2 years later, men from the East came and peace was upon them.

Later this child grew to become a man of peace for thousands, and upon his death, granted the opportunity for peace to all. We may now know the beginnings of reconciliation with the world around us, the people around us, and with God.

Peace can be yours now because of Christmas.

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 9, 2009 at 4:11 am, filed under Christianity, Life and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Advent 2009 #2: Hope in hurt

I have some friends going through really hard times.

They are seeing relationships of all kinds falter, fade, and dissolve before their eyes. It hurts me to see them hurt so, and while I’m praying for them to see the light eventually, the only other thing to do is help bear their burdens. It’s a hard thing to do and sometimes, it’s hard to see the other side of the pain.

What of Advent?

As the Israelites waited for the Messiah, Romans ruled over them, the sick and lame lay in the street, and God still kept them in Exile. Their hope was only for the Messiah to come and bring them from the darkness of exile back to the light of God. There were many hopes for what this Messiah would do – militant action, religious purification – but what I love about the Messiah who came, was that he attended to the true needs of the people, bringing them from the exile of relationship with their God. In doing so, as he said, he bound up the broken hearted, preached freedom for the prisoners and set the captives free.

This is the hope I try to bring to my friends: that Jesus has come to bind up the broken-hearted people of the world. Hopefully, in this season of advent, we can look to the hope of healing that came with Jesus’ arrival in a little manger. In this week of reflection on hope, I think of the hope for now and the future time. I hope that my friends who are hurting can hope for healing in their lives by looking to the arrival of the binder of their hearts.

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 3, 2009 at 5:26 am, filed under Christianity, Life and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Updates

So hey. I think I forgot to tell you guys that I have a bonified, full-time-with-benefits-and-pension-plan-9-to-5-dress-like-an-adult job. I’m the Web Content Specialist at my Alma Mater (almost), Tyndale University College and Seminary. It’s pretty exciting to be creating things on a (nearly) daily basis, with more coming down the stretch in the next few months. In honour of that, despite the fact that I have had the job for two months, I need to update this place.

My friend Dan pointed on his site to this idea called ‘blogazining.’ The idea is that blogs are too standardized and the creativity of the layout is lacking to the extreme. This inspired me to really analyze my own layouts to see if I can go a different direction than I have before. Playing around with code was an idea I had when I started this whole domain-name thing in the first place, so I really need to sit down and think on this.

Have you ever seen the guys at CSS Zen Garden? Talk about some of the prettiest CSS out there.

Well, that’s all I guess  – just wanted to fill in people who didn’t know. Drop a line about where I can find some good ideas for designing this place.

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on November 21, 2009 at 10:14 am, filed under Blog, Life and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Where the Wild Things Are

I saw “Where the Wild Things Are” tonight with Christine.

First off, let me say that I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time. Ever since I saw the poster some 10 months ago, I knew that I was going to see this movie. I was getting so pumped about it that I started getting scared that I was hyping myself up for it too much. Boy, was I wrong on that one.

The heart of this story, like Maurice Sendak’s original picture book, is all about the feelings of an angry, wild kid who just wants to be loved. These feelings scare him, and he recoils once he sees them come out of him. While the book is (obviously) more subdued and subtle, the movie fleshes these childhood realities out in a fantastic way.

While I can’t talk for anyone else, I saw myself in Max. I remember those childhood emotions of fear, anger, and loneliness. I was still dealing with these memories when I decided to face down my own monsters in counselling years later. It’s hard being a kid who feels like an outcast. Luckily, like Max, I did (and do) have family who loved me very much.

Go see this movie. I don’t often try to feed the machine like this, but this is culture-making at its finest. This movie doesn’t talk down to kids, it talks to them face to face and let’s them know about the consequences of your actions, as well as the redemptive power of hope and love.
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This entry was written by Will, posted on October 25, 2009 at 11:02 pm, filed under Culture, Life, Uncategorized and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

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