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come out of hiding {advent}

come out of hiding {advent}

I recently read a book by Parker Palmer called Let Your Life Speak, it's really about learning to be your truest self, walking through both darkness and light to get there. It was extremely beautiful and I think it will be a book I come back to. When I stumbled on a video of him discussing Advent and incarnation, I knew I had to click on it. It's only 5 minutes long and so many pieces of it touched me, but one part in particular grabbed my attention as I heard his words and asked myself...

Is there a part of me (or maybe many) that needs to come out hiding?

I can answer a clear "yes!" to that question, without even knowing exactly what those parts are. It seems to me that we probably all could say yes. The processes of a healthy life include constant change, growth, and flow. I imagine that the Lord is always planting seeds of different fruits he'd like to grow in and through us, and that those remain hidden for a season until they are ready, and we are ready, for them to come out of hiding. I imagine that He also stirs us up to see areas of our flesh that are getting ready to come out of hiding, and that sometimes those are brought out so they can be removed and more of Him revealed. What needs to fall away may not all be "bad," some of it may have been good for a season, but it may not be unto life now or in the seasons to come. I know that there are seasons when parts of me lay dormant, and times when those parts need to come back out of hiding. I know that new seasons draw out things in me that I often never knew existed. I know that sometimes I choose to hide, consciously or not, because of fear. I know that whatever the hiding is that I need to come out of, unconditional love is the way forward. Change. Growth. We come out of hiding. Beauty is revealed.

Incarnation. The Word became flesh. Jesus, born a baby, filled with divine life and fully human. The first among many brethren. It wasn't a one time thing. That miracle of divine life mixing with human life is happening in me today. I want to be awake to it. I want to watch it unfold. I want to intentionally allow Jesus to bring parts of me out of hiding. I want to live fully in my humanity. I want to be a vessel for His divinity. I want to watch as the Body of Christ, the brethren, comes out of hiding and lives by His life. I want to see the glory of the Lord grow into all of its fullness in the world.

Advent. A season of expectation and waiting. I'm now expecting and waiting to see what comes out of hiding and I'm preparing to nurture it with love and tenderness.

Watch this video. It's beautiful. 

Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self and give the care it requires, we do it not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.
— Parker J. Palmer in Let Your Life Speak
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