LectioCast_Graphic-Final-2Micha Boyett joins the LectioCast to talk through the business of waiting on the Lord for Advent week 2. We uncover how the biblical texts expect a beautified people waiting for a beautiful and celebrated arrival of God.

Malachi 3:1-4  Micha draws our attention to how much time is spent focusing on the messenger rather than the Lord himself. We see again that what we are waiting for is divine safety.

Luke 1:68-79 We ask the recurring question, Who are our enemies from whom we need to be saved? In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks this question and how we respond to it carries added potency. How do we name enemies for the purpose of praying for forgiveness, and in such a way as to not be afraid?

Philippians 1:3-11 We see a beautiful picture of shared life together in Christ, intimate partnership, and hope for what the church can be. And we also learn what Daniel’s life verse was—the one with which he signed all his letters in his pious days!

Luke 3:1-6 Luke sets the global stage of Jesus’ arrival (including Texas?!) in order to set us up for a story that is good news for all people. Micha invites us to soak in the beauty of the metaphors. And maybe to listen to Handel’s Messiah again.

michaboyett3 Micha Boyett is the author of Found: A Story Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer. She’s passionate about monasticism and ancient Christian spiritual practices and how they inform the contemporary life of faith. She writes about prayer, motherhood, and her new journey with Down syndrome at michaboyett.com.  Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, blogger, and New Testament danielkirk_2professor who lives in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of a pair of books, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is off to the printers. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com  (jrdkirk.com). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.