It's the first in Advent this Sunday so why do we have Daniel in the Lion's Den to gather round? We use the Narrative Lectionary which is a four year reading cycle and focuses on the stories of the bible as well as the big story of the whole bible.
It's advent and we have Daniel. How do these two go together?
Perhaps Daniel going into the lions den isn't a far cry from what God is dong right now in preparing for incarnation and what the prophets did when they spoke of this time of God's arrival and what we are called to do in this good news season in the corridors of power where life seems to be becoming more inward and exclusive.
In fact, Daniel seems to be exactly the right story to tell in this Advent season and particularly this advent season. Indeed, in Daniel's era apparently (I read somewhere) the 'Lions Den' is a metaphor for the Royal Court where you would be challenged and questioned and your integrity sought through debate and discussion.
So, actually, why would you have any other story at advent if we believe God was coming into THIS world and not isolated from it, and has something to say through incarnation about how we shape and live in our world.
God in the lions den. That's an interesting take on what is happening this season. How do you think God will do? Seriously?
Any hymns for such a theme, or time, or season?