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Not to be outdone by Christmas consumerism, The Anglican Diocese of Exeter in the U.K. has created what is reportedly the largest Christmas ad ever.

In contrast to the somewhat cliched “Jesus is the reason for the season” or “keep Christ in Christmas” phrases that we often hear talk of, this ad campaign gets at the same kind of message, though through three evocative graphic depictions of the nativity, with accompanying messaging and a companion website allowing you to vote for your favorite of the the ‘tryptich’.

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I used to attend an artsy Catholic church.  Every Advent season they’d suspend a statue of a person from the ceiling, presumably representing Jesus, diving downward on a 45 degree angle toward the pews.

It was a compelling image – not really a common image for Jesus in our churches – but one well worth considering as we move into Advent this Sunday.

I’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability these days.  What must it have been like for God to make God’s self vulnerable in Jesus; to take on flesh, to become a child refugee, to give up glory for weeping and pain and other of the less-desirable bodily functions, to become vulnerable to temptation, to disease and to humanity?

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I waited patiently for the Lord. - Psalm 40

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