• hope

    advent journal: affirmation

    by  • December 16, 2017 • advent journal, hope, poetry • 4 Comments

    affirmation let yes be our response to most any of life’s questions . . . not an answer as much as a declaration: yes to the chance, the hope, the opportunity, the near-miss, the adventure, the small gesture, the long shot, the promise, the possibility, the unexplainable, the failure, and even the grief: yes...

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    advent journal: songs of hope

    by  • December 7, 2017 • advent journal, hope, music • 1 Comment

    I spent some time looking for songs about hope in my music library tonight, in search of something beyond the songs I go to first. Here’s what I found. The first is from the Milk Carton Kids, who are sort of Simon and Garfunkel for a new century. Their song is called “Hope of...

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    advent journal: holding the door

    by  • December 6, 2017 • advent journal, hope • 4 Comments

    Two or three times on Facebook today I saw a picture posted of an engraved quote at the FDR Memorial in Washington DC. It reads, The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have...

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    advent journal: commas of care

    by  • December 5, 2017 • advent journal, hope, kindness • 4 Comments

    For a long time now, the comma has been an important symbol for the United Church of Christ. You have to love a denomination that finds metaphor in punctuation. The idea started with the “God Is Still Speaking” campaign that played off of a Gracie Allen quote—“Never put a period where God has placed...

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    advent journal: one voice

    by  • December 4, 2017 • advent journal, community, hope, music • 6 Comments

    One of the records that has been in heavy rotation at our house is Fifteen by The Wailin’ Jennys. (There are so many anachronisms in that sentence.) It is a record of cover songs, and specifically songs about grief and sorrow. They have the awesome audacity to sing Emmylou Harris’ “Boulder to Birmingham,” Warren...

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    advent journal: hope

    by  • December 3, 2017 • advent journal, america, fear, hope • 19 Comments

    As Advent begins, I wonder how Christ can be born again in our time and in our culture. Yet Luke starts his story by noting that Quirinius was governor of Syria, and he made Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem because Augustus declared a change in the tax plan. They were surrounded by wars...

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