Monthly Archives: December 2011

Among the wrinkled hills of Bethlehem… – Advent 2011

It is almost beyond my comprehension, and yet I accept this notion is the key to understanding Christmas and is, in fact, the touchstone of my faith. As a Christian I believe that we live in parallel worlds. One world … Continue reading

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This is our theme….. – Advent 2011

Something which has existed since the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have watched and touched with our own hands, the Word of life – this is our theme. That life … Continue reading

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I give you my Word….. – Advent 2011

We live in a world filled with hollow and empty words, words that are far too often void of the accompanying action and so they fall flat. In the end, the full words ring true, they are alive and robust … Continue reading

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Bear Fruit, Put On Light Like a Garment – Advent 2011

I’m a very seasonal person by nature. I like to frame my life around key events, the turning of the seasons, the different quarters and semesters of the school year. I often ask God to give me a specific word … Continue reading

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The Fire of Enjoyment – Advent 2011

Kingdom people light candles in the windows of our lives. We spread hope and generosity and deep goodness. We shine out the Light that has been given to us. We are supposed to be different and memorable and significant. We … Continue reading

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Receiving Christmas – Advent 2011

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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Learning to believe…..Advent 2011

Then the angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be … Continue reading

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The Gift of Motherhood – Advent 2011

Good morning. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled. Luke 1 Advent is a reminder to revisit the many, many promises given to us in His word and to believe … Continue reading

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The Act of Surrender – Advent 2011

Good morning. Delightful morning in the tropics – I’m listening to the sound of birds and breezes and a lawn mower – not quite the picture postcard of snow and evergreens. Last night it was Christmas tamales for dinner and … Continue reading

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Children Need Christmas – Advent 2011

Good morning. The Casa Viva families from the east side of San Jose will gather tonight to celebrate Christmas together. It’s a big event – homemade tamales, music, decorations, activities, gifts. But the greatest gift of all is the community, … Continue reading

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