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Christmas Continues    12/27/2019
CHRISTMAS CONTINUES…

Throughout Advent, we used the Advent wreath for our prayer before meals and many a morning in the darkness before dawn, the circle of its light was witness against the night.  My cup of tea and I were warmed by a halo of light until emerging color slowly spilled into the room.  Only when the glow of candle gave way to fullness of day, could I extinguish the flames for the they had served their purpose.  

Advent, too, gives way to the brightness of Christ’s coming, the fullness of day, at Christmas.  In years past, I have put away the Advent Wreath at this point, albeit reluctantly, for I was mindful of its faithful company.  This year, I am following liturgical example and simply adding a Christ candle to the center and I love it.  Advent does not feel so much over as it does complete.  Our dinner now enjoys the brightness of many candles as we dine. My morning circle of light has grown that much wider and welcome.  


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Fourth Week of Advent    12/21/2019
All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: "Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel," which means, "God is with us". 
Matthew 1:24

Fourth Week of Advent

Over the last several Advents, Betsey Beckman and I have collaborated in presenting the Advent retreat ONCE UPON A TIME IN A TOWN CALLED NAZARETH.  While I cannot possibly re-create that experience for you here in newsletter format, here is a sampling sent to you as a labor of love. May it bless your preparation for the coming of Christ.
 
And Mary said, "My spirit rejoices in God my Savior. 
"For He has looked upon His handmaid's lowliness:
Behold, from this time on all generations will call me blessed.
"For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
"And His mercy is from age to age
To those who fear Him.
"He has shown might with His arm;
He has scattered the arrogant of mind and heart.
"He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones, 
But lifted up the lowly.
"The hungry He has filled with good things;
The rich He has sent away empty.
"He has helped Israel, His servant,
remembering His mercy, 
According to His promise to our fathers, 
To Abraham and his descendants forever.”
Luke 1:47-56

 
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Third Week of Advent    12/14/2019
Be patient, therefore, beloved, until the coming of the Lord. The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is near.
James 5:7-8 

Third Week of Advent

Over the last several Advents, Betsey Beckman and I have collaborated in presenting the Advent retreat ONCE UPON A TIME IN A TOWN CALLED NAZARETH.  While I cannot possibly re-create that experience for you here in newsletter format, here is a sampling sent to you as a labor of love. May it bless your preparation for the coming of Christ.
The Annunciatory Angel
(detail of Fra Angelico's The Annunciation) - Luci Shaw
 
. . .Gabriel seems to be advancing up an incline, laboring with the imperative of message, hair flattened against scalp, features tense, hands folded tight to the chest, agitation or awe - it is hard to tell. We can't see the heart hammering in the unearthly body, but the announcement, the cracking open of a space that encircles earth and heaven, must weigh like a gold boulder in the belly.
 
How might it feel (if an archangel has feelings) to bear this news: Perhaps as confounded as the girl, there in the corner? 
 
We worry that she might faint. Weep. Turn away, perplexed and fearful about opening herself. Refuse to let the wind fill her, t buffet its nine-month seed into her earth. 
She is so small and intact. Turmoil will wrench her.

She might say no.
 
Accompanied by Angels: Poems of the Incarnation
 
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