Monthly Archives: December 2010

Turning the horses toward the barn…..

My husband’s grandfather was a true horseman, a rodeo man. His life was filled with stories of the great outdoors, of time spent riding, of treasures found along the way. I had the chance one day long ago to ride … Continue reading

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A Brand New Year

My posts will be sporadic at best over the next two weeks – school’s out until January, Christmas is around the corner, and very soon we will say goodbye to 2010. What are you saying goodbye to? And to what … Continue reading

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Time in Narnia

I saw my first ever theater movie with 3D glasses yesterday afternoon. Thank goodness for the previews which gave me a chance to orient to the 3D world. Thanks also to long hours spent reading C.S. Lewis, those hours brought … Continue reading

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Making Room

This is the invitation of Advent – making room, sliding over, adding a plate to the table, extending a kind welcome. We’ve been on the receiving end of many welcomes in our years as a family living internationally. It’s always … Continue reading

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Receiving Christmas

We prefer to think of ourselves as givers – powerful, competent, self-sufficient, capable people whose goodness motivates us to employ some of our power, competence, and gifts to benefit the less fortunate. Which is a direct contradiction of the biblical … Continue reading

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Waiting Together

As the second week of Advent draws to a close, one final thought for this week. Waiting is a shared activity, we are designed to hold the anticipation together, we were created for community. Read closely the sequence of events.  … Continue reading

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Open-Ended Waiting

In his fourth thought on Advent waiting, Henri speaks to the difference between wishing and hoping. But Zechariah, Elizabeth and Mary were not filled with wishes. They were filled with hope. Hope is something very different. Hope is trusting that … Continue reading

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The Art of Patience

Some people are incredibly patient, so capable of staying the course, walking the road, holding on. I am not one of those people. I work to be patient in some things, but am mainly impatient in most things. Think today about Henri’s … Continue reading

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Active vs. Passive Waiting

Living internationally like we do, we end up being “extranjeros” both here and there. I rather enjoy seeing the different cultures with a fresh perspective as we go back and forth. Both here and there I think we need to … Continue reading

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Waiting with a sense of promise…

A large part of our spiritual journey is learning to wait in God’s time not ours. Simone Weil, a Jewish writer, said, “Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life.” We’re going to spend some time this … Continue reading

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