• not alone

    by  • December 28, 2007 • 23 Comments

    On Christmas Eve, I was driving home from finishing my shopping when Ginger called to tell me to expect to see a man in our front yard raking leaves. We had lots of leaves. Tim had knocked on our door asking for work so he could have Christmas with his daughter. When I got...

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    advent journal: emmanuel

    by  • December 24, 2007 • 2 Comments

    The sun is gone and darkness is settling down here. We’re off soon to a potluck dinner at church and then a service together. Later, Ginger, Jay, and I will go to the midnight service of lessons and carols in Duke Chapel (Jay and I are even going to sing in the choir!). This...

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    advent journal: bells and borrowed words

    by  • December 24, 2007 • 1 Comment

    Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.(Leo Tolstoy) I’m trying to get down to the heart of the matterbut the flesh is weak and my thoughts seem to scatterbht I think it’s about forgiveness, forgiveness —even if, even if you don’t love me anymore(Don Henley) The two quotes...

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    advent journal: finding miltmo

    by  • December 23, 2007 • 2 Comments

    Ginger made a quick trip to check in on her folks this week and our pups who are staying in Birmingham until our housing situation becomes more permanent. I drove her to the airport early Thursday morning and then decided to run a couple of errands on the way home. One was to go...

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    advent journal: a forward God

    by  • December 21, 2007 • 2 Comments

    As Jay and I were eating breakfast this morning, he began laughing at an email message he received, a Christmas letter from one of his co-workers. Her holiday letter of gratitude focused on forwarded email. Here’s part of what she had to say: As another year will shortly be a memory, my heartfelt appreciation...

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    advent journal: b-friending

    by  • December 21, 2007 • 5 Comments

    Tonight I had the privilege of experiencing another blogging incarnation. Jimmy stepped from screen to real life and met me, along with my friend Jay, who is here for Christmas, at the Durham Pizza Palace, which professes to be the oldest pizza parlor in the Bull City. Jimmy greeted us with some Tupelo honey...

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    advent journal: refracting hope

    by  • December 20, 2007 • 1 Comment

    I worked lunch at the restaurant, which means I was up early and in the kitchen by eight this morning. When the alarm went off and I stumbled into the bathroom to put in my contacts, I found my left eye was not yet recovered from whatever irritated it last night and the contacts...

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    advent journal: an old story

    by  • December 19, 2007 • 6 Comments

    I have some things on my mind, but I also got something in my eye this evening that has left it difficult for me to see well, much less concentrate. So I offer a story (one I’ve posted before) that I wrote for a Christmas Eve service some years back. Here’s hoping it speaks...

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    advent journal: goodbye, old friend

    by  • December 18, 2007 • 5 Comments

    In this week where the days are the longest, life is a little darker tonight. Dan Fogelberg died last Sunday morning after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 56. The note on his website reads: Sunday, December 16 Dear friends, Dan left us this morning at 6:00am. He fought a brave battle...

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    advent journal: love songs

    by  • December 17, 2007 • 2 Comments

    Joseph had lines in our pageant today. He said: The road to Bethlehem stretches out behind us. It has been a journey of love: love behind us, love before us, love above us, love under our feet, love around us, love inside us. Only a short distance is left; the stable where we will...

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