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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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Advent Word: Encourage

Earlier this week, my friend Rose sent me an email, wondering if I still had a copy of a poem I had written for a remembrance ceremony about “gifts.” She knew I had written and that we had read it … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Respond

It was on the Saturday before Advent began that I bought a large, specialty Amaryllis bulb at the local garden shop. I was told it would bloom white with red edging, and that it was ready and full of potential … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Show Up

There is one night in my life I remember vividly, when I allow myself to remember it. On this particular night in my late 20-something years, I had spoken a piece of advice to a client during a therapy session … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Notice

When I started writing here on small points of light, I wasn’t really aware of how the practice of noticing moments of daily, divine ordinary would alter my view of life. Most especially, when I commit to daily writing, my … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Thrive

I had just put my havarti and sage egg sandwich and enormous cup of tea down on the big, wooden Urban Farmhouse table. My breakfast companions were laughing and conversing, peeling off our coats and scarves on this chilly late … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Imagine

When I commit to daily writing…as I do during advent and lent…I go out on a limb and have faith that time will find me to write.  Tonight, it would seem that time has found me in the 11th hour … Continue reading

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Advent Word: Look

Today was an amazingly beautiful late Autumn day in Virginia. After several days of chilly weather…including some Thanksgiving hail…it felt refreshing to be outside in plain clothes without shivering. A stockpile of bulbs awaited planting: tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinth, crocus. … Continue reading

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