Good News…

(h/t: Christine Sine)  a short prayer with photos and music for Advent meditation. The music – O Come O Come Emmanuel is from Jeff Johnson’s Christmas CD

Wake up people, it’s the time of the year for giving more than thanks…it’s about redistributing the wealth we grow fat and complacent on.

As Advent approaches, I encourage all of us, myself included, to share the good news. The good news is this:

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me,
Because the LORD has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.”

There is no mention of shopping or of Christmas sales.

Remember when Christianity was subversive? Did you know that saying “Jesus is Lord” was part of a conspiracy? Is it possible that we could bring that back in the Advent Conspiracy? A conspiracy of compassion, not consumption?

And if you’re not sure where to give, here’s a list from Forbes of the 200 Largest Charities. This year, no excuses. At least help out the Bangladesh Cyclone Victims. This is the year…

The List

    1. Salvation Army
    2. Shriners Hospitals for Children
    3. Nature Conservancy
    4. Mayo Clinic
    5. Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    6. American Red Cross
    7. Metropolitan Museum of Art
    8. Boys & Girls Clubs of America
    9. New York-Presbyterian Hospital
    10. Children’s Hospital
    11. …Click for Complete List

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