This is the last prophecy in the Old Testament regarding the Messiah. Also the last prophetic book prior to his first Advent. After Malachi finished his ministry to captive Israel, God was silent for roughly 400 years. The chosen nation, being passed around from conquering empire to the next. Paganism slowly permeating its fragile tent. There was no rest, no peace, no freedom, no comforting words from God, not even a rebuke. And no hope.
December is here, the official countdown to Advent has begun. And what a beautiful season it is, full of goodwill and hope. Some things to kick this off...
Freedom's implication is that it must come at a price. And the result should be, well, freedom, right?
As I sit in this coffee shop, I'm making an effort to pull up the memory archives and look at everything that I've gone through these past 6 months. Half a year. What have I learned? What do I wish had been different? Was I fearful? Was I judgmental? How has the journey been so far?
We live in a society where science is not the enemy of faith; more like Target, Facebook and The Walking Dead.
Every beginning of the year I read this book of the Bible called Ecclesiastes. It's a simple reminder of where my focus should be. In hindsight, it wasn't difficult to resist minimalism and its benefits, simply because this theme actually is found throughout the Word of God.
This December, the last month of the year, take a moment to review your life and recent days. It's a good time to question the things you buy, the things you do, the habits you have, and the people you relate to.