Epiphany Invitations

For so many of us, the Advent season is a rush of celebrating with friends and family. In that rush, we often miss time to wonder and awe at the incarnation of the Light of the World coming to dwell among us. As we move from one celebration to the next, we find ourselves weary …

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On Not Meeting Goals

This year, I didn’t meet my reading goal. I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set my goal to read 100 books by the end of the year. I read 88. It would be easy to look at this picture of the quippy, “Better luck next time!” and feel disappointed or discouraged. It would be …

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A Year of Staying Open

Each year, I conclude the year with a word or phrase that has followed me throughout the year. I know for many it’s starting the year with a word that sets intention and purpose, but for me, the practice has always been powerful as a reflection on the last year. It reminds me that there …

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When Darkness Lingers

We have made it through the darkest night. Slowly, day by day, we will begin to add light to our days from here on. Even as we know this in our minds, what do we when darkness lingers? For many, this Christmas season brings the first one without a loved one or with a new …

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A Prayer for Advent

We cling to hope – Even when the world seems hopeless.  We rest in peace –  Even when the world urges us to hustle and bustle.  We find joy –  Even when sorrow and sickness surround us.  We bask in love –  The love you sent to this world, In the form of the Christ …

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Moving With Grief

This past year of ministry has been walking close to grief both personally and as I walk with so many people grieving the loss of loved ones, the loss of plans, and the loss of the way we lived before COVID. Although it may sound like a year filled with sadness, it has actually been …

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It’s Tradition!

In the Fall, we always go apple picking on a Friday afternoon. We go to the same apple orchard, take a picture by the same photo op with the cute measurement, and on the tractors by the barn. We get apple cider and apple donuts, a kind of salute to cooler weather and the beginning …

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