Category: Seasons of Grace

Worn out by the Demands of the Season?

 December 10, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope I am so weary from the constant demands that life places on me–demands that never stop, just change. I am tired from household tasks, from endless clutter, from expectations for the picture perfect Christmas! I am weary with my job, and in my weariness I am overlooking so many details. […]

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A House of Prayer Crafted by Love

 December 9, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope The old woman rocks in her rocker, engulfed in the folds of the afghan, keeping warm in the womb of this house she has called home for so many years. She has lived here for so many decades–lived and loved and raised her children.  And now her children return to […]

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Life is so Fragile – Remembering Pearl Harbor

 December 7, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope A teenager dies in a car accident.  Another country announces nuclear capability.  Floods, forest fires, and famine claim untold lives.  The world as we know it can change with the wrong turn of a car, with the flick of a switch, with being in the wrong place at the wrong […]

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Jolly Old St. Nicholas

 December 6, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope Jolly old St. Nicholas, giver of gifts.  What a delightful surprise to wake up to small gifts in our shoes, a tribute to Nicholas, bishop.  How we wash down and sanitize great saints over the ages, turning this brave man into a “jolly old elf,” with red suit and beard […]

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Voice of Hope

 December 5, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope Who speaks to me?  Someone I can trust?  Will the words I hear withstand the test of time?  Will they lead me to salvation–or despair? Who do I hear speaking to me in my darkness, speaking words of comfort, of hope?  I want so much to believe what I hear, […]

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Come, Lord Jesus

 December 4, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope “Come, Lord Jesus,” she remembered teaching her children to sing as preschoolers as she lit the Advent wreath.  It had been such a struggle to maintain some semblance of order for even five minutes, much less a semblance of prayer.  She wondered, had it been worth the hassle, the struggle […]

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Where Do You Find Quiet Amidst the Noise of the Season?

 December 3, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope They were relieved to finally sit down after the day of Christmas shopping.  The church was quiet as worshipers slipped into pews.  It was a quiet oasis after fighting crowds and listening to Christmas “musak” all day.  The plaintive strains of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” began, the first candle […]

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Hope Amidst Loneliness

 December 2, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope The nurse lightly touches the elderly woman’s shoulders as silent tears stream down the pale wrinkled cheeks, flowing unceasingly. The old man sits on a park bench remembering all that he has lost: his family, his friends, his career.  He sits silently, saddened with lonely memories. The young woman sits […]

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Praying for Peace

 December 1, 2016

Advent – Season of Hope Their two preschoolers were sound asleep in the back as they drove home after a long day at grandma and grandpa’s.  It was a welcome relief from the bickering, poking, pinching and whining that usually accompanies such trips. “Mom, he’s looking at me!” “Dad, he’s touching me!” He gazes through […]

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