strengthen your body + calm your mind + open your heart + connect with God
Press into the holiness of the season in this Christian Yoga for Advent video!
This 30 minute flow is well rounded, including dynamic stretching, balancing, and gentle heart-opening. It can modified to any fitness level with the use of a chair or wall for support.
In this first of three Advent Yoga videos, we dig deep into the long-awaited promise of the coming of Jesus and wrestle with our understanding of and faith in God who may be taking longer than we expected to answer our prayers.
The story of the birth of Jesus in Matthew begins with a discussion of Jesus’ genealogy, a reminder of how long it was between the promise of Jesus and the birth of the Jesus.
We’re reminded of…
Abraham, who waited 25 years after God promised him he’d be the father of many nations before Isaac was born.
the Israelites, who were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years before God sent Moses to rescue them – 16 generations.
Isaiah’s prophesy about the birth of the Messiah which was 740 years before Jesus’ birth…and 400 of those years, there is no recording of God speaking.
In his book, “The Hidden Meaning of Christmas,” Tim Keller writes, “It looked like God had forgotten them. No one was coming, it seemed. But then he came. You cannot judge God by your calendar. God may appear to be slow, but he never forgets his promises.”
Do we live like we’re waiting for a promise we never expect to be filled?
After generations of slavery, years of barrenness, centuries of suffering and silence…God’s promise hung in the balance.
Do we still live like that today? Like that promise still hasn’t been fulfilled? Like we’re still waiting for God to show up in a big profound way we expect him to to relieve all our suffering and make us feel superior?
“Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.” – Matthew 1:16-17
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” – Luke 1:45
Do we live like we’re waiting for a promise we never expect to actually be fulfilled?