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Advent Word 12 - Baptize

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Two reflections for today.  From Bethany ... Do you remember when you were baptized?  Many of us do not, because we were baptized as babies.  Though I don’t remember my baptism, my parents like to tell me about it regularly – especially the detail about me crying the...

Advent Word 2 - Deliver

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Often when we talk about God or Jesus as "deliverer," it is about humanity getting delivered FROM something.  Usually from sin or from evil.  The very familiar line of the Lord's Prayer, for example, says, "And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."  I am glad to...

Advent Word 1 - Tender

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The first word of this Advent season is “tender.”  I’m guessing this refers to the precious, tender baby Jesus.  Or perhaps to the tender way Jesus’ parents cared for him after his birth, even in a difficult situation.  When I hear the word tender, though...

Advent Word 2020

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Advent begins on November 29!  Just as we did last year, we will post a reflection each day of Advent based on the "Advent Word" list that is used by churches nation-wide.  Everyone is welcome to participate!  If there is a word that resonates with you, you are invited to create a...

Advent Word 24 - Beloved

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My reflection on today’s Advent word – our last of the season – is short and sweet. You are beloved. Just as God spoke to Jesus as he was baptized, proclaiming, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased,” God also speaks that to each one of us. In the...

Advent Word 23 - Message

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach our Sacred Stories class with our Pre-K through 2nd graders.  Throughout the Advent season, they have learned about all of the people who show us the way to Bethlehem.  The first week, they learned about the prophet Isaiah.  The second...

Advent Word 22 - Restore

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My family has been discussing the Advent Word each day, and when my son asked what today’s word is, I told him - “restore.” He responded, “Oh, like when Jesus restored hope in the people and taught them new ways of loving.” Well … yes … exactly. Thank...

Advent Words 20 & 21 - Go and Rest

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I will admit that I looked at the Advent Word for today with a bit of trepidation.  “Go”?  I don’t need any more “go” in my life!  Especially at this time of year, I feel like I am going all the time.  But then I took a look at the word for...

Advent Word 19 - Bless

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One of my “go-to” books is “To Bless the Space Between Us” by John O’Donohue.  This book has a blessing for just about everything – for life’s transitions, for various emotions, for family members, for callings, for beginnings, for endings. ...

Advent Word 18 - Worship

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I often think of that first Christmas gathering in the stable as a form of worship. The shepherds had heard about the birth of this special child from the angels, and they just had to find the child to give him glory and honor. Luke’s Gospel tells us that when they left the stable, they...