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In the wilderness

A reflection for Advent 2, Year A prepared for Red Door Healing Service, Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Friday, December 2, 2016 Matthew 3:1-12 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for … Continue reading

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Being Prepared

A homily for Advent 1, Year A prepared for Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church Sunday November 27, 2016 Greetings on this first Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new liturgical year and the start of a season of … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Delight

I have vivid memories of Christmas Past that involve the “Festival of Lights” in Niagara Falls. I don’t look back at high school with much awe, I must admit. But, one of my fondest high school memories was arriving by … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Ask

The human heart holds so many longings. It seems almost inevitable that we would look to something larger than we are to carry our prayers and wishes beyond the possibilities of our own understanding. Of course, the moment we set … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Beautify

It seems ironic that “beautify” is the word on which I am meditating today. It has not been a “beautiful” kind of day. It has been a busy day, a challenging day, an ordinary day where the stresses and strains … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Become

Whenever I hear someone ask a child, “what to do want to be when you grow up?” I cringe. It’s not that I have any aversion to exploring career options. It’s that the question presumes there is a singular answer…a … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Expand

I have been holding a particular poem from St. John of the Cross in my mind today as I consider deeply what it means to expand into this advent season. Let me start by sharing his image-laden verse: If you … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Risk

I don’t think of myself as a risk taker, at least not in the traditional sense. Even as a child, my preferred playground equipment was a swing…without anyone pushing me. The most feared days of gym class were when the … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Breathe

Today, one of the social work students that I supervise in the food pantry announced that his papers were written, his exams were over and he was about to go on break.  I could relate to his joy.  However, I … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Wake Up!

Whenever I visit Shrinemont, I set my alarm clock for just-before-dawn. I throw on a jacket (unless it’s mid-summer!) and head to the labyrinth. Everything is silent, except the leaves and twigs beneath my feet. Birds are just waking. Once, … Continue reading

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