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Advent — December 15, 2017

God, today I remember a lifetime of Christmas presents. Some of them were made by little hands with construction paper and glue, and others were made by wrinkled hands with the veins standing out blue — especially delicious fruitcake. Some … Continue reading

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December 14, Prayers for Newtown, Connecticut

God, this is Christmas Present — another December when the tinsel shines as tears — for those who loved Charlotte and Daniel, Avielle and Benjamin, who sat under a star with Allison or Noah, baked cookies with Caroline or Jessica, … Continue reading

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Advent — December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 (In A Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present shows Scrooge two hidden children Want and Ignorance. Beware them, says Christmas — beware Ignorance the most.) Emmanuel, every hungry child is mine. Every homeless child is mine. … Continue reading

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Advent — December 12 / Dia de Guadelupe

(In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is taken by the Ghost of Christmas Present to see the Christmas Day celebration of his nephew Fred whose invitation he turned down as a waste of time.) God, forgive me the invitations I … Continue reading

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Advent — December 11, 2017

(In A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge is taken by the Ghost of Christmas Present to witness the unexpected happy Christmas of those he considers unfortunate) God, show me cratchitt chrismases all around me. Show me people who choose joy, even … Continue reading

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Second Sunday in Advent, December 10, 2017

In this shortest of all Advents, two weeks left, old Dickens and his Christmas Carol seem to be calling me. Such a simple thing — this week learning from the Ghost of Christmas Present. And what would a season with … Continue reading

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Advent — December 9, 2017

God, for reminders from the past — the jacob marleys we see in door knockers, the therapy we work with, inventories we make, journals we re-visit, childhood names we “friend,”– and all the healing they bring, we thank you. From … Continue reading

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