Tis the season before the season of celebrating God's coming to us in Jesus. Advent. That's the four weeks that lead us to Christmas. Advent is important, for several reasons, one of which is to name for us the significance of being people who wait well for God's coming to us. Advent, well attended to, isn't just about baby Jesus born long ago. Advent means coming. And we are called to live as those who anticipate and prepare the way for Christ's coming again.
But we do this, in large part, by walking carefully through the Scriptures that have to do with the longing, hope, failure, waiting, preparation of Christ's first coming to us.
Again and again, as I give attention to these Scriptures, I am amazed at the way that God has come to us in Jesus. That God's salvation, rescue, restoration of humanity could not, or at least would not, be accomplished at arm's length. But in flesh and blood and by entering deeply into the life and experience and culture of a particular people in a particular place and time.
This is what we mean when we say "incarnation." And it is to this that we are called, again and again, as we try to determine faithful ways to live as disciples of this same Jesus who put on flesh and lived among us. This is what we are talking about when we use the word "incarnational." We're saying that our best clue as to how to join in God's work in the world is by entering deeply into the lives and needs and situations and hurts and joys of others.
This is what we invite our interns into. This is what we mean when we say, "relationally serve." And so it can be slow and messy and complicated and difficult work. But because this is God's way among us in Jesus it is also, at the very same time, beautiful, life-giving, creative, restorative, & joyful work.
And it is to this work that we invite you! If you're a college-age student and are interested in relationally serving as an intern w/ us, you can find out more info HERE. Or you can find the summer 2016 application HERE.