Advent 7, 2016
This article from Christianity Today was thoughtful and thought-provoking.
Turbulence at Advent
I might take some personal issue with a few minor things. There is a presumption that this time in history is more turbulent than others. No, we just know about the turbulence more due to 24/7 media coverage, which makes for a noisy culture. We need rest in the Hebrews sense (rest from labor, rest from unbelief), but not sleep, which is metaphorical in Scripture for bad things--death, apathy, unawareness. We can sleep and lie abed and not rest.
But overall the point that there are seasonal and bodily rhythms that support the spiritual and we are in a time when repentance and rest are needed and welcomed. What we repent of makes all the difference, perhaps.