MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT Isaiah 4:2–6 REFLECT Travelers are particularly vulnerable in the desert. Subject to the harsh rays of the sun and sudden storms, they find protection to be indispensable. In the ancient world, most people relied on tents to shield […]


FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT Matthew 24:37–44 REFLECT We begin the holy season of Advent by contemplating the end times. This theme might seem off-putting to us. Thinking of the apocalypse doesn’t easily harmonize with the nostalgic and warm feelings of the holiday season. But here […]