“Do we have to wear masks?” This is the question my children ask a lot these days… At the dentist: yes, we do. At the orthodontist: no, we don’t. At the supermarket: I’m actually not sure. While some parts of the world are in a hard lockdown, my host country seems to be done with Covid, or at least the related regulations. The general consensus seems to be that people want to “go back to normal” and “continue with life as we are used to pre-Covid”. As much as we desire to go back to the normal we all miss: we will not be able to do that.

We started the season of Advent - the season of waiting. It is a season full of symbolism and history. Traditionally we enter a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Christmas, celebrating the arrival of Christ our Savior, as well as awaiting his return. At the same time, all of us bring memories, experiences and expectations from the past, both joyful and painful, which color our experience of Advent and Christmas. For some of us, Advent is a very busy time of the year, and we hardly find time to stand still and wait.

During a recent conversation I asked a friend how I can pray for him as he headed into a three-day silent retreat. His answer? "Pray that I will hear the audible voice of God." He explained, that he had never heard the audible voice of God and longed for such an experience. I did pray for my friend to experience what he longed for.

Some things are not impacted by Covid-19. One of those things is Palm Sunday, which we celebrated yesterday. As we focused on Jesus' triumphal entry, we celebrated and remembered together with the worldwide body of Christ.

Sometimes, it is in the unexpected places that God speaks to me. Sometimes, God uses a ballet class to challenge me.

We are coming out of the season of Advent and are in the last preparations for Christmas – celebrating the birth of Jesus, our Savior. This year, Christmas decorations appeared especially early.

"Jesus spoke to me", she said as we met for the second day of a week long de-briefing. She reached for her Bible and started reading Jesus' words to the church in Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-4.

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Kurt is a native Swiss who lives south of Atlanta, USA. He is a People Care provider, Spiritual Director and Debriefer with a passion to see people thrive and glorify God through their ministry and their lives.