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Advent Practices for the Shortest Days and Darkest Nights, VI:
Embrace the Darkness

Date: December 24, 2020

Bible Text: Genesis 1:1–5; John 1:1–5, 14 |

Right now the earth is hurtling through space at 67,000 miles per hour in its ellipse around the sun and rotating on its axis at 1,000 miles per hour. Imagine that: you and I, right now, apparently stationary, are racing around at 1,000 miles per hour in a tight circle and at 67,000 miles per
2020-12-29T12:36:28-06:00

Advent Practices for the Shortest Days and Darkest Nights, V: Wonder

Date: December 20, 2020

Bible Text: Luke 2:19 |

Even with its crushing pace and sometimes saccharine sentimentality, December is a poignant month, almost wistful. Like the buttery paper-thin layers of a croissant, every Christmas in living memory somehow stacks one on top of the other creating a rich warm tapestry of beauty. Or maybe more like a metamorphic rock formed by heat and
2021-01-08T13:32:27-06:00

Advent Practices for the Shortest Days and Darkest Nights, IV:
Look Up At The Night Sky

Date: December 13, 2020

Bible Text: Luke 2:8–14; Matthew 2:1–12 |

The Visit of the Wise Men In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.”
2020-12-29T07:18:54-06:00

Advent Practices for the Shortest Days and Darkest Nights, III:
Sleep and Dreams

Date: December 6, 2020

Bible Text: Matthew 1:18–25 |

The Story of Joseph Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to
2020-12-10T07:07:56-06:00

Gratitude in Liminal Times

Date: November 26, 2020

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 8:7–18 |

For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with flowing streams, with springs and underground waters welling up in valleys and hills, a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey, a land where you may eat bread
2020-12-09T04:50:33-06:00

Infidels

Date: November 15, 2020

Bible Text: Genesis 1:26–31 |

Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the
2020-12-07T13:40:31-06:00

The Perfect Storm

Date: November 8, 2020

Bible Text: Mark 4:35–41 |

Jesus Stills a Storm On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat
2020-12-08T08:59:19-06:00