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Wednesday, December 11, 2019 — Places of Peace — families

Emmanuel, we hear the Christmas story because of who we are, and because of how we are enfamilied. Someone rejoices because Mary is ace      * but not aromantic. Foster families, blended families, families with adoptions are grateful for … Continue reading

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019 — Places of Peace — shelter

Emmanuel who blessed a bumpy pregnancy on a census journey a grudgingly offered manger and rest stops on the way to Egypt, we pray for peace in the temporary homes your children find along the path. Some of them are … Continue reading

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Monday, December 9, 2019 — Places of Peace — churches

Emmanuel, I give you thanks for all the churches where people find peace — as sunday school wonder, beauty of building in stained glass or hand-smooth pews, kindness in kitchen and prayer meeting, in Fair and choir and youth group … Continue reading

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Sunday, December 8, 2019 — Places of Peace

The second week of Advent is the week of peace and so I think of the places where I find peace and the places for which I pray peace. God, you choose real places to meet us. Our hopes and … Continue reading

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Saturday, December 7, 2019 — Stories of Hope — Your Favorite

Emmanuel, we give you thanks not only for the good tidings of Matthew and Luke but all the stories that have shared hope in written word and movie and song in the years that have passed — from early legends … Continue reading

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Friday, December 6, 2019 — Stories of Hope — “Carol of the Brown King” Langston Hughes (better known for “Black Nativity”) illustrations by Ashley Bryan.

        God, this I know — the brown king was not one of the travelers come so far from the east. The brown king was the one those travelers found in a manger, crying the very Word, … Continue reading

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Thursday, December 5, 2019 — Stories of Hope — The Farolitas of Christmas, by Rudolfo Anaya

        (winner of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, which I mention because Tomás Rivera is a hero of mine) God, in the seasons when hope is slight, and we do not have the strength, … Continue reading

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019 — Stories of Hope — Dylan Thomas, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”

Brilliant Welsh writer (though he wrote only in English) Dylan Thomas is known for many works, perhaps the most familiar — his childhood Christmas, which has this last line, “Looking through my bedroom window, out into the moonlight and the … Continue reading

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019 — Stories of Hope — Maya Angelou, “Amazing Peace”

Maya Angelou at the lighting of the National Christmas tree in 2005: “We clap hands and welcome the Peace of Christmas. We beckon this good season to wait a while with us. We, Baptist and Buddhist, Methodist and Muslim, say … Continue reading

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Monday, December 2, 2019 — Stories of Hope — Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol and Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

    (This year my prayers follow the four-candle themes of Advent — the stories of Hope, the places of Peace, the festivities of Joy, the incarnations of Love.) God, remind us now and always that there is something of … Continue reading

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