During this Advent Season, I will be participating in Advent Unfolding - a place where we are invited to share our advent journey creatively. This is the list of words and themes for the weeks and days of advent. We are encouraged to share photos, poems, posts, scriptures, sketches or other mediums. This creative journey is meant to draw us closer to the origin and expression of Christmas.
Day 1: Clarion - Announcement
The shofar was a ritual musical instrument, made from the horn of a ram or other animal, used on important Jewish public and religious occasions. In biblical times the shofar sounded the Sabbath, announced the New Moon, and proclaimed the anointing of a new king.
In various places in the Bible the Shofar is conceived as an instrument, used by God himself:
“Then the LORD will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning. The Sovereign LORD will sound the trumpet…” (Zechariah 9:14).
Shofar is a Hebrew word that comes from a root meaning beauty. To me giving birth is one of the most humbling, beautiful experiences. Yes, it is painful and messy but the child held in your arms at the end of all that is a miracle, a thing of beauty.
I find it amazing and yet appropriate that God choose to sound His trumpet…
to announce to His creation - “Emmanuel” - God with Us , in that same humble way, with the birth of His son -
the new born King - Jesus.Pin It