Category Archives: advent 2013

Silent Night

I have welcomed Christmas Eve by singing with full voice and full heart for as long as I can remember. In recent years, I have been part of a choir and/or singing at church service, and even in the interim … Continue reading

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Advent 4: Love (nativity, revisited)

As we wind the last part of the advent journey, rounding the corner to Christmas, we come to focus on love. This is always the place where the nativity story…the way we traditionally tell it…gets on my nerves. I realize … Continue reading

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Joy, part 2 (right now)

As I write today’s blog, I am waiting with joy for several things, right here and right now. First, I am waiting with joy to spend some holiday time with my family. We are en route, my daughter and I, … Continue reading

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Joy, part 1 (new mother)

I don’t talk about my research much on my blog because I am keenly aware of all the human subjects protections that surround what my research participants share with me in the confidence of our interviews. But, there are some … Continue reading

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Advent 3: Joy

There was a song in my heart that morning, driving into the city in the back of my parent’s little blue Datsun, immediately after church. I had spent several Saturdays boarding a bus and practicing, and now it was time … Continue reading

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Peace, part 3 (co-creation)

Today’s piece of art on the online advent calendar for my faith community is a co-created work that began in my solitude and was completed in community with the members of St. Thomas who gathered that day as I told … Continue reading

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Peace, part 2 (the song)

I find it ironic that while my soul longs for and celebrates the stillness and contemplative spirit of advent, my body is in constant motion these days. My semester is coming to a close, which means that there are papers … Continue reading

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Peace, part 1 (the image)

I have an image that has stayed with me over time, a simple but transformative moment of awareness. I have never tried to give it words, but it filled my mind tonight, so I will attempt to bring it to … Continue reading

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Advent 2: Peace

Today ushers in the second Sunday of Advent. The lectionary readings this week focus on peace, introducing some of my favorite Old Testament imagery from Isaiah: “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the … Continue reading

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Hope, part 6 (the tree)

In Virginia, trekking through the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree is a genuinely pleasant experience. On an early December day like today, the air is chilly and the sun is warm. Nature beckons me to the woods and … Continue reading

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