Britt Nicole’s song “Amazing Life” is all about how beautiful the world around us is. However, it’s easy to forget this as we rush through our day with school or work, constantly plugging ourselves in to the latest gossip and technological trends. SPIRIT explores the experience of city kids who work at a farm called Dream of Wild Health farm. They connect with Earth, with each other, and with their Native American history. By working at the farm with the plants and vegetables that have sustained their community in years past, they keep their old traditions alive and connect with the beauty all around us.
Key Lyrics: It’s a beau-beau-beautiful world we’ve been given / From the top of the sky to the ocean / I’ll never understand it all (understand it all) / It must be supernatural
Questions: What are some traditions that you value? What are some Earth-centered traditions you would like to bring back to your home, school, or community? How do you connect and care for the Earth? Take a walk and leave your phone at home. What beauty do you see in the world around you?
Sometimes in order to understand a situation or a person, we have to walk a mile in their shoes. In the case of the St. Paul high schoolers, they walk 26 miles every year to raise money for a local soup kitchen. Not only does this prove to be a physical journey but it also becomes a spiritual one. It changes their perspective as they walk through different neighborhoods and meet new people. They gain a little understanding of what it means to be homeless, how exhausting it can be. Their walk is worth the pain as they raise money to feed those who have no means. When we walk with those less fortunate, we are also walking with God.
Key Lyrics: Every high and every low you’re gonna go through / You don’t have to be afraid I am with you / In the moments you’re so weak you feel like stopping / Let the hope you have light the road you’re walking
Questions: Who like the Syrian refugees are on a journey in our world? How might you learn about them and help? What difficult journey have you taken that made all the sacrifice worth it? Who can you help this Advent that you see around you? How can you help them?
“Whoever among you wants to be first must serve the needs of all. The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.” This Sunday’s Spirit focuses on service. By sustaining the Empty Bowls project and donating the proceeds to Heifer International (which then provides a means for helping people become more self-sufficient), the students at Cretin Durham are participating in a project that keeps giving. They’ve taken to heart and put into action Jesus’ call to help people in need, both their neighbors and the community at large.
Key lines: I wanna feed the hungry children / And reach across the farthest land / And tell the broken there is healing / And mercy in the Father’s hands
Questions: What is a service project you would like to become more involved in or start in your community or school? What has past experience working on a service project taught you? How did it change your perspective?
“Ready Or Not,” Britt Nicole, Gold, EMI CMG/Sparrow
Gospel Reflection for December 16, 3rd Sunday of Advent: John the Baptist lives a demanding life of fasting and preaching the good news in order to prepare the way for Jesus’ ministry. He doesn’t shy away from what God calls him to do; he chooses to be who he is meant to be. “Ready or Not,” an upbeat anthem by Britt Nicole that features Lecrae, charges us up to be who we are and answer God’s call to share who we are with the world.
Key Lines: Ready or not/Here, here, here, here I come/I’m about to show you where the light comes from Oh, oh/Ready or not here, here I come/This is who I am/I won’t hide it/I’m a take it all over the world/To the young to the old every boy and girl/Ready or not here I come/I’m a show the world where the love is
Questions: How does being yourself help show others who Jesus is? What makes you feel shy about talking about faith or religion? How does John the Baptist help prepare people for the ministry of Jesus? Who do you know that is a ‘prophet,’ announcing good news, like John the Baptist? Who in your community needs to be shown love? How can you help?