An Unlikely Advent Meditation

Advent brings forth this image of the perfect family (Jesus, Mary, and Joseph) that few of us can relate to, but we forget the the family tree of the Holy Family is actually pretty messy. 

In an Advent meditation on the Holy Family, I realized there is a lot of sin and suffering in the lineage of Christ on earth. But God can use our broken family stories to bring about his salvation. 

In this Advent season, let us pray and hope and invite Emmanuel into our lives. 

Snippet from the Show

“The God who saved us through the blood of his son is not unaware of how terrible the reign of sin and suffering and death is. God is breaking into the brokenness of our family situations, into the mess of the Church.”

Meet Your Host

Colin MacIver, host of the Tightrope podcast, with his family

Colin is an enthusiastic transplant to vibrant Louisiana, where he lives with his beautiful wife Aimee and two energetic children, Leo and Zélie. His juggling act involves being a husband, a dad, a teacher, a youth minister, a musician and a national Ascension content creator and trainer.

In his spare time, he eats too many crawfish, savors king cake, plays one-on-one kickball with his son, and tries, for the life of him, to properly load the dishwasher.

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  1. Colin, your “Unlikely Advent Meditation” popped up on my screen. In listening to your thoughts, I am reminded how much I miss your regular podcasts. Any chance you’ve plans to return with a regular broadcast? Thank you. Karen from Arlington, VA (Please respect my privacy and do not publish my name anywhere. Thank you.


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