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Candy Canes, Icing, and Emmanuel

We’re ten days into Advent. In our home, this means we have lots of little hands rearranging manger scenes–placing Mary with our spoons, Joseph on our piano, and various sheep and shepherds on our bathroom sink. It’s a wonder to me to think about the people represented in felted wool and plastic, these historical figures: […]

Wait

God gives patience, Love learns strength,And Faith remembers promise,And Hope itself can smile at lengthOn other hopes gone from us. Elizabeth Barrett Browning None of us like to hear the word wait. Waiting well is not something we acquire naturally. Particularly in our two-day shipping, microwave culture. We don’t wait on seasons for produce–it’s available […]

Spring is Coming

I’ve always had a conflicted relationship with the seasons. My mood often decides to be dictated by the skies, taking on whatever cast of gray is currently favored in the colder months. But I also love the depth they bring to the scene of life through their changes, our attention is called to details because […]

When Christmas Doesn’t Sparkle

Christmas doesn’t always sparkle. Sometimes it comes in darkness that is so heavy with sorrow it feels like a lie with all its twinkling lights and sugared reality. Even as I write this I think of those who feel the ache of loss magnified in this season, or those entrenched in depression, others battling addiction, […]

Just Remember: A Christmas Poem

Sunday marked the beginning of Advent: the season set aside to mark the coming of Christ leading us into Christmas day, where we remember the moment that God entered humanity. If we aren’t careful and intentional though,¬†we’ll completely¬†miss the season. We tend to spend our time focusing on all the wrong things at Christmas time. […]