This year for Advent, we are getting ready for Christmas by looking at discipleship through the lens of the “Hero’s Journey.” This narrative construct provides the framework for most of our myths, dramas, and storytelling, so we’re going to use it for the story of following Jesus, as we prepare for the “dawning” of a new life. The first Sunday of Advent, we talked about our discipleship starting in darkness, as often feel isolated or lonely. The second Sunday of Advent, we talked about confession and repentance, as we often refuse to answer the call of God in our lives. This week, we look at the next step of the Hero’s Journey.
A few months ago, while I was on sabbatical, I was standing among some of the largest trees in the world (the Sequoia Redwoods), and I saw something peculiar. Roped off in a little cover with lots of sunlight, you could see these tiny little shoots popping out of the ground. It’s hard to imagine, but these small 2 inch shoots, if everything goes right, will one day become huge Redwood trees. A few weeks ago, I was watching Shark Tank, and this couple came on to pitch Jackson’s Honest Chips. What caught my attention was their story. They developed their chip company as an inspiration from their son’s autoimmune disease. They took his suffering and transformed it into this amazing company. I was inspired. So Redwoods and potato chips, what does this have to do with Discipleship and the Hero’s Journey? Join us on Sunday, and we’ll tell you all about it. Parkside is the place where you belong! Join us on this Hero’s Journey!