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Advent Word 25 - Holy

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What does holy ground feel like?           Is the acidity of the soil different?           Is it free of plastic -- is anything these days?           Are only...

Advent Word 24 - Wisdom

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Wisdom isn’t knowing things. Wisdom is knowing which things are useful to know right now. Every day, it’s good practice to go down to the river to get some water.           Water that comes from somewhere...

Advent Word 23 - Mystery

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The closer we get to Christmas, the closer we get to mystery. There are problems to be solved in this world,           Just as there are floors to be swept. That’s honest work. It’s not our only work. Some of our work is feeling...

Advent Word 22 - Rejoice

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This year?  Really?  Rejoice!?!? Well, don’t deny reason for grieving, weeping, even despairing,           But, yes, rejoice.  It’s a discipline, not a reflex...though maybe it could become that. Rejoice at the sunrise...

Advent Word 21 - Turn

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Take turns. Give turns. Re-turn. Turn around. Turn away. Turn toward. Necks are helpful for they help us see so much more. So much baggage has been handed people by religion,            Which is simply trying to help people to...

Advent Word 20 - Bless

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Bless - it’s a word we throw around a lot, in circles religious or not.             “Bless you” we say to someone we wish well           Or has just sneezed. Or, we are from...

Advent Word 18 - Pray

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One of the ancestors said: “Pray without ceasing.” It’s not an invitation to speak without taking a breath. It’s more of an invitation to take a breath.  It’s a challenge to allow the heart to break...

Advent Word 17 - Worship

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In religious life (and keep reading even if you’re not religious) little has changed more this year than worshiping.  We’ve gone from gathering in person under the same roof, with our only fear being we might nod off during the sermon (and be spotted) to yearning with every...