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The Women of Advent: Peace and Prophecy

This advent, I am posting about the women of advent- the women who waited with longing and expectation for what they could not see or understand. Last week I wrote about Leah and her abiding hope. Rahab is one of the more fascinating women in the Biblical narrative. Her defining characteristic when she is first […]

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Women of Advent: This time I will praise the Lord

This post, and the rest of the series, originally appeared on my blog three years ago when it was in a different space. I’m editing and reposting them this year as a reminder that we are not the only ones who wait with eager expectation for the promised Messiah. Advent is my favorite season in […]

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Advent and Getting Lost

When I was little, my church used to have family retreats in upstate New York at a tired little camp in the middle of the winter. My family would go every year and sing in the talent show, spend a few nights falling out of our rickety bunk beds onto each other, and playing on […]

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Dear Mr. Innkeeper

It’s Advent- my very favorite season. This year, we’re looking for Magic in the Mundane as we celebrate He Who Came, Stayed, and Will Come Again. Today we’re looking at the character of the innkeeper, about forgetting to look for the little God growing inside of others in the middle of mundane life, and somehow, miraculously, […]

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A Messy Peace

It’s Advent- my very favorite season. This year, we’re looking for Magic in the Mundane as we celebrate He Who Came, Stayed, and Will Come Again. This week is traditionally the “Peace” week, even when peace seems like the last thing that could characterize the world today. I don’t think it will ever feel like […]

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When Hope Is More Than You Can Bear

It’s Advent- my very favorite season. This year, we’re looking for Magic in the Mundane as we celebrate He Who Came, Stayed, and Will Come Again. This week is traditionally the “Hope” week and we’re looking at the narrative of Joseph, the husband of Mary.  What would you have done? Her eyes are downcast throughout […]

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Ordinary Time, Insomnia, and Thankfulness

  I love that here in America we celebrate the end of “Ordinary Time” with thankfulness. It’s been months and months of nothing special, Easter is over and there’s quite a stretch until Christmas, and right at the end of this we celebrate Thanksgiving. Because it’s built into our calendar that thankfulness has nothing to […]

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Mundane (and Magical)

There are dishes literally overflowing from my sink. My bag from traveling last weekend is not only still packed, it’s still in my entryway. I’ve stopped packing lunches and instead just have a loaf of bread and some peanut butter and jelly already at school. It’s Thursday in November and plodding seems like a good […]