Invitation to Rejoice

And the angel told her,“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you.And the Holy Thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.”What an amazing, what an impossible messagethe angel brought to a young girl!But Mary looked at the angel and said,“Be…

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Books to Prepare Our Hearts

Do you have a favorite book you like to read in preparation for Christmas? There are so many possibilities, Christmas novels, Advent devotionals, and picture books abound! I have several to mention today … Revelation is a hard gift to receive. You must give up everything else to receive it — like finding a treasure…

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Influential Books: L’Engle and A Circle of Quiet

Do you have a book that feels like an old friend, one that you pick up to read often? And as you read, you feel yourself settling in as if in a comforting conversation. That’s how it is with A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle. I started reading L’Engle’s journal in 1995 during the…

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Contemplating Confession

In flesh’s solitude, I count it blestThat only you, my Lord, can see my heartWith passion’s darkness tearing it apartWith storms of self, and tempests of unrest.But your love breaks through blackness, bursts with lights.We separate ourselves, but you rebindIn Dayspring all our fragments, body, mind,And spirit join, unit against the night.Healed by your love,…

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Light of the World

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 Light is beautiful! We’ve just experienced the lights of Christmas, twinkling ones, some that dance to music, all-white, multi-colored … great crowds of people follow…

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Open My Eyes

“The true voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapesbut in having new eyes.” Marcel Proust I read the news today. I read scripture. I listened to a video a family member sent me. I spent a few minutes on Twitter where 140-character thoughts abound. I agreed with much that I read, but the…

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