While most serious readers of Scripture will caution against taking much of it at “face value” (i.e. reading passages or even books out of context) at the very least, even the most casual reader of the Bible will notice that the idea of belonging to a place is an unmistakable theme.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
Righteousness, I think, suffers from the way its first five letters are arranged. They coincidentally share spelling of another word that’s used to justify many things that are not righteous, all for the sake of being “right.”
This week marks the beginning of Advent, the four weeks of the Christian calendar that precede Christmas Day. Advent, which is derivative of the Latin word for “coming,” not only points to the coming of the holiday, it serves as a metonym, or symbol, of our contemporary longing for God’s Kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.
Our voice, in how we express our souls through our words and actions, is our most personal gift to the world.