Sunday, December 19

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The Word was made flesh, He pitched his tent among us. John 1:14 Jerusalem Bible In the fullness of time From beyond time He pitched a tent among us. Not a temple Not a castle But a tent –pitched among us. Eating our bread Sharing our laughs Crying our tears Dying our death He pitched a tent among us. Larry Williams alive now! Nov/Dec 1983 … [Read more...]

Saturday, December 18

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Mary, Nazareth Girl Mary, Nazareth girl: What did you know of ethereal beings with messages from God? What did you know of men when you found yourself with child? What did you know of babies, you, barely out of childhood yourself? God-chosen girl: What did you know of God that brought you to this stable blessed among women? Could it be that you had been ready waiting listening for the footsteps of an angel? Could it be there are message for us if we have faith to listen? Ann Weems, Kneeling in Bethlehem … [Read more...]

Friday, December 16

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In Search of Our Kneeling Places In each heart lies a Bethlehem, an inn where we must ultimately answer whether there is room or not. When we are Bethlehem-bound we experience out own advent in his. When we are Bethlehem-bound we can no longer look the other way conveniently not seeing stars not hearing angel voices. We can no longer excuse ourselves by busily tending our sheep or our kingdoms. This Advent let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us. In the midst of shopping sprees let’s ponder in our hearts the Gift of Gifts. Through the … [Read more...]

Thursday, December 15

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We give out love in boxes Wrapped, tied, tagged. But the first Christmas gift was a love that needed no adornment or disguise; a love that wrapped itself around out tired hearts forever. Kari Hill alive now! Nov/Dec 1984 … [Read more...]

Wednesday, December 14

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If Mary had sung her song of songs with our accustomed unmangificence and dearth of urgency all the commitment all the charm and all the challenge and anticipation would have been completely dissipated. O sing anew anew anew the simple song which magnifies rejoices dares to vision the fall of kings the exaltation of the small unviolent, trusting and faith-full servants of the spectacularly creative God. Thomas John Carlisle alive now! Nov/Dec 1986 … [Read more...]

Tuesday, December 14

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Magnificat* Kid (* the Magnificat is the song Mary sang when the angel Gabriel announced that she would be the mother of the Savior.  Read Luke 1:46-55.) No quiet child whose cradle gently ways promising peaceful dreams for all who love him. He rocks the stable with magnificats. He scatters the proud. He helps the lowly rise. His sword cuts through the adamants of deceit. His cry unsettles the victimizers and the crucifiers and all the extortionate predators of his kin. And Herod will not be the only one to try to stop his mouth. … [Read more...]

Monday, December 13

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Where is Emmanuel (God with us)? God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them. “If you remove the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger and speaking wickedness, and if you give yourself to the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then your light will rise in darkness … [Read more...]

Sunday, December 12

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This year on this Sunday, we read the exchange between Jesus and two of John’s disciples, which is the context for the following reading. The signs of his presence The signs of his presence are blind people who can see, the lame who walk again, those whose skin diseases are cleared, the deaf who can hear, the dead who are brought back to life, and the poor who have reasons for delighting in the good news they hear. If these are the signs of his presence, and we are the ones who say he is coming, what are we going to say when they ask where he is? What are we going to do to … [Read more...]

Saturday, December 11

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How I fear God’s interruptions! Like Herod, I feel the pull of Spirit, not to higher earthly rewards, but to interrupt my striving for success, to suspend for a moment my leadership, to wait for the Word of God to be interpreted. An invitation is extended: Come to the birthday party, put off your crown, your courtly manners, the pomp and circumstance of power and the trappings of leadership. Come, enjoy the gift of God. Ah, Herod, if you could pause for just a moment, put down your superstitious fear of God and God’s demands and plans, you, too, might be dazzled by the … [Read more...]

Friday, December 10

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Waiting All my life I have waited: waited for the project to be completed, waited for supper to be ready, waited for the doctor to see me. I have waited at the traffic light, waited for the right relationship, waited to grow up. I have waited alone or waited with friends. I have waited anxiously. I have waited expectantly. Some waits have brought joy. Other waits have brought bad news. Some waits have been “worth waiting for.” Now it is Advent, and I am waiting again. This time I am waiting in the darkness of my soul— ravaged by sorrow, anger, and fear. But I do not despair in … [Read more...]