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Advent Word 1 - Tender

Posted by Bethany Nelson on

The first word of this Advent season is “tender.”  I’m guessing this refers to the precious, tender baby Jesus.  Or perhaps to the tender way Jesus’ parents cared for him after his birth, even in a difficult situation.  When I hear the word tender, though, I can’t help but think about the state of each of our hearts and lives heading into this Advent season.  After all that has happened in 2020, I’m guessing we are all feeling just a bit tender.  Just a bit raw around the edges.  Or, maybe you’re even more than “just a bit” tender. 

This Advent, may our tender selves be reflected in the tender baby Jesus.  The love that God had for the Christ Child in his tender state is the same love that God has for each of us in our tender states.  Just as Jesus drew both his strength and his peace from God during the tender moments of his life, so might we do the same.

A reflection from Polly Chandler -

Tender to me is best captured by the new leaves of a spring fern. They uncurl toward the warming light as a fiddle head. Exquisitely beautiful. If I think of myself or others being tender I am reminded of how sometimes when we unfurl we are also exquisitely lit by beautiful inner light. 

 

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