Where Do We Find Beauty?
Petra Wagner of Augsburg, Germany
Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. -Luke 2:10-11
Morihiro Harano of Drill, Inc. created a wooden marimba in the midst of Kyushu, Japan’s woodlands as part of an advertisement campaign for the NTT Docomo Touch Wood phone. When a wooden ball was launched at the highest point, the beginning of the marimba, gravity allowed it to play Bach’s Cantata 147, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” (The Forest Xylophone is the title of the video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2BWrmNhyXU].)
As I listened to the music in the video, I asked myself why the wooden ball produced the melody of Bach’s cantata in a Japanese forest. We might regard it as a culture clash or sign of a globalized world.
I am grateful that Jesus can be experienced in so many ways with people at various places, in diverse situations, and at different times. Jesus has always been there, is here now, and will be with us until the end of the world. This gives me great joy particularly during the Advent season. But it is also a source of strength in times of struggle, difficulties, and challenge. We have been faced with the COVID-19 pandemic for many months with different timelines and progressions in numerous parts of the world. Many of us have been very creative, too, finding ways to celebrate Jesus in online services when regular church gatherings were not possible. There have been many ways to keep in touch thanks to digital media. But when we were able to meet again with our church group in Augsburg on June 14, we felt very blessed by the ties of Christian love, support, empathy, and strength. This is the joy within us in good times and in times of trouble. This is the everlasting joy of Christ among us.
“Trust what is being born.”
Jesus, the Peaceful One
We have spent this year with a guiding question: Are we moving closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One? As we near the end of this calendar year, we review how this question has been shaping and forming us. In our thoughts, words, and actions, have we been embodying Jesus, the Peaceful One? What might it look like to move closer to Jesus, the Peaceful One as we make space in our lives for Christ incarnate this Advent season?
Today’s Prayer for Peace
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