• 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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    advent journal: joseph

    by  • December 16, 2007 • 1 Comment

    After Annunciation This is the irrational seasonWhen love blooms bright and wild.Had Mary been filled with reasonThere’d have been no room for the child. (Weather of the Heart, Madeleine L’Engle) Madeleine L’Engle played a big part in my understanding of both Advent and the Liturgical Year through her book, The Irrational Season, which draws...

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    advent journal: house hunting

    by  • December 15, 2007 • 3 Comments

    I’ve spent another afternooncrossing thresholdsopening doorspicturing my furniturein unfamiliar rooms homes don’t change handswithout groaningeven breakingI could hear the hurtwhen I stood still some houses hide their scarsunder fresh paintrefinished floorsothers are open woundscrying for attention I hope they understandI’m a hunterwho is hungryto find the right houseand come home Peace,Milton

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    advent journal: teach me to pray

    by  • December 14, 2007 • 8 Comments

    In front of our church is a brick courtyard and over to one side stands a row of hand painted rocks, each one holding a phrase from the Lord’s Prayer, thanks to our children. The tradition here, during worship, is for the children to lead the congregation in the Prayer at the end of...

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