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When I Think of Christmas

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It’s family, food, fellowship and fun, Tinsel, bright lights, people on the run. Travel to see grandparents, bringing suitcases, Sleeping in strange houses, beds, and weird places. It’s shepherds in bathrobes and children as sheep, Waiting through church without saying a peep. Deciding if the presents will be opened this Eve, Or if Christmas morning […]

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Shadows and Peace

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Went for a walk in the evening and as I turned for home, a long shadow was cast on the sidewalk ahead of me. The shadow walked on ahead of me. An eclipse of the moon or the sun is essentially a shadow. It creates dynamic colors and is intriguing to people. A couple years […]

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Signs of the Season – Candles

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Advent is a time of preparation. It is the four weeks leading up to Christmas and the anticipation of the coming of Jesus into the world. Candles are used to symbolize this journey. The first candle is the Prophecy or Hope candle. Typically a purple candle, it is in remembrance of the prophets, especially Isaiah, […]

July to Dec 2017

Places Away

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Sitting along a mountain-fed creek, I was listening to the rushing water, the sound of birds, and thought, what a place of peace. Later, I overheard a couple talking about hiking in a nature area and how special it was for them. There are other spots where I’ve felt are places away, a special place […]

July to December 2015

Peace and Joy

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It was time to register, so travel they did Even the family with a pregnant woman Looking for a place to give birth to a first-born son One who would bring Peace and Joy Even the shepherds were afraid But the angels said good news Could be found in a manger bed All within a […]

July to December 2015

This Advent Thing

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We were having a family discussion about the meaning of the Advent candles and came up with differing opinions on the “names” of each of the candles. After a bit of discussion I consulted two experts – Google and my dad. What I found from both was there are differing beliefs on the meanings and […]