This year for Advent and Christmas, New Wineskins has partnered with RIP Medical Debt to help reduce or eliminate medical debt for folks in the Appalachian region, which includes our home base of West Virginia.
Advent is a story. Not just a story that happened but one that still happens. It’s a story of the divine breaking into humanity. It’s a story of how things are and the possibilities of what things can become.
We love Christmas carols! We love beer! We love caring for our community! It's a match made in yuletide heaven!
We often talk about Advent as a season of waiting for the light.But what if, while we were waiting, we learned to welcome the darkness?
What if we began to recognize the sacredness in our ordinary routines? To find that behind the garland-covered mantles, the overbaked sugar cookies, the elves on assorted shelves, and the inside family jokes was something deeply holy?
Maybe consumer culture really has won Christmas. Or maybe we really can recapture that sense of excitement and anticipation as Advent unfolds.