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Advent- Wake Up

Today is the first day of Advent. My heart feels the contradictions. The after Thanksgiving, get into high gear and cross everything off your to do list mode. The beginning of Advent, waiting and preparing ourselves for the birth of Christ. My hope is that this space will be a place of reflection. A place […]

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If Only….

The first day of Advent, I wrote these words: Go. Whisper the trees. They are my ally on this walk in the woods. Sometimes December 1st seems like the start of a race towards Christmas. Towards accomplishing. Towards balancing a hundred tasks. But when I walk in the woods, my goal becomes noticing. “Go slowly. […]

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Light {Advent Day 25}

Light over darkness. No matter how dark. No matter how enveloping. His light overcomes. Evil gasps for breath. Knowing its end is near. His light shining so brightly today. On this day we remember as his birth. Father may I hold on to that light. That hope. On all the days to come. Knowing it […]

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Joy {Advent Day 24}

Candlelight service. Christmas pajamas. Lego building. Shadows of joy.

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Neighbor {Advent Day 23}

These are our neighbors. Well, actually these are snowmen….our neighbors made them. We have the kind of neighbors you can call when you are running late and say, “Could you get Sam off the bus?” The kind of neighbors who bring over pumpkin bread. Who we stand in the street with and talk about parenting […]

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Sign {Advent Day 22}

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14 Immanuel God with us. God with us. God with us. I need to say it. Write it. Several times. To hear the impact. To feel the weight. God with us.

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Prophet {Advent Day 21}

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah the prophet. Speaking these words 700 years before Christ’s birth. A long wait for our: Wonderful Counselor Mighty God Everlasting Father […]

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Good News {Advent Day 20}

 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will […]

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Patient {Advent Day 19}

She is patient when her daughter has to consider all options before making a decision. She is patient with a household that is ten times noisier and multitudes more disorganized than her own. She teaches me the value of calmness and waiting and letting go of that which I can not control. She serves. Over […]

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Mercy {Advent Day 18}

My son’s cub scout pack went caroling at a local nursing home tonight. Young voices. Aged faces. Together sharing space. A moment. Memories and stories I long to know. Questions from the back seat on the way home: “Why were there so many people there?” “What is Alzheimer’s?” “Did you know two people die every […]

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Free {Advent Day 17}

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, […]

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Strong {Advent Day 16}

“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness […]

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