In this season of transition, when our nation more directly than ever faces into the future with uncertainty and trepidation, we journey together through Advent. The Christian church calendar designates the four weeks before Christmas as Advent, a season of hope and of longing. Not simply anticipation of Christmas with its lights and gift exchanges and cheery music, Advent is also an opportunity for the community to look honestly at life from the view of God's desire for creation. These weeks we cry out for the afflictions in our world, yearn for the power of God to set us free, and reach out and deepen hope by confronting evil and fostering change.
For several years the Krista Foundation Christmas card has featured art from different places in the world - a mural in Central America, South African figures, images from varied U.S. artists, including Krista Colleagues. This year we invited Krista Colleagues to submit images and stories particularly from Asia a region not yet highlighted on our Christmas card. Through these weeks of Advent we'll share some of their submissions, to inspire our longing and hope. The global lens expands our perspective and helps us recognize the extent of God's family and the vast reach of God's love.
This first week of Advent we ponder images contributed by 2013 Krista Colleague Ross Feehan who spent time with Jesuits in India. Prayer flags are a Buddhist tradition especially in Tibet and Nepal. The flags bear prayers and writings of peace, compassion, and wisdom for all. The wind is thought to spread their good will to every place and people. Let us keep every people and place in our prayers for healing, peace, mercy, justice and joy.
P.S. yes, that is Mt Everest in the background.