Category Archives: Christmas

Pre-Advent Meditation

Hello, readers, The view out my window today is this: fallen leaves cover the ground. Only a few tenacious ones remain on the branches. Gray clouds fill the sky. It is a quintessential November day. December is just a week … Continue reading

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Advent, Week 4: Gift Giving

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Matthew 2: 11 The Christmas … Continue reading

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Advent: Savoring the Season, Week 2

As we head into week two of Advent, I wanted to share some ideas and suggestions for ways to observe this meaningful season. Some of my ideas are geared towards families. Other ideas are more individual in nature.  I’m no … Continue reading

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Advent: A Reality Check for Real People, Week 1

Outside, the falling rain hits the roof in varying degrees of intensity as the wind whips the bare trees. The golden leaves of a few weeks ago no longer remain. Today’s weather feels like quintessential late fall. Winter is just … Continue reading

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Favorite Christmas Goodies

Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent. The weeks of waiting and preparation draw to a close. In churches around the world today, the circle of candles adorning Advent wreaths will be lit, reflecting Christ’s light and hope. Tomorrow our … Continue reading

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Advent Preparations

Yesterday marked the second Sunday of Advent—the halfway point in this month-long church season. Here at my house the Christmas tree lights twinkle in the window, the mantel boasts greenery and ornaments, and fragrant candles fill the rooms with their … Continue reading

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Second Sunday of Advent Reflections

Today is the second Sunday of Advent—a time of preparation and expectation. My Advent reader from Regent College (I am reusing one that was sent several years ago) covered the Isaiah 9:2-7 passage this morning. “The people walking in darkness … Continue reading

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