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God has a surprise for you (Guest post at Her.menuetics)

Today I'm sharing the story of my prenatal diagnosis of Ace's Down syndrome, which I received exactly one year ago this week. I've been thinking about as my own "annunciation" of sorts, God showing up and letting me know that my life was about to change, all because of one little baby. Sound familiar? Here's a little ...

LectioCasting and Advent

Hey readers! It's officially Advent. I'll be back with some words on the season soon. But for now I'm directing you to my friend Daniel Kirk's lectionary podcast (aka "LectioCast"). Daniel is a New Testament scholar, author, and blogger. Each week on his podcast he chats with someone else (usually a theologian with ...

Advent Poetry Series: “Darkness”

Darkness For Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. -Handel’s Messiah (from Isaiah, chapter 60) Immensity, cloister’d ...

Advent Poetry Series: “The Lord is With Thee”

The Lord is With Thee  from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1 They hail me Mary, full of grace. They bless me: brave, obedient—holy. What would you have said to the twelve-foot, light-soaked man, a gold flecked tower whose honey lips spoke your name? I said Yes. Then ran, traveled days, silent, hungry, purging in the ...

Advent Poetry Series: “Star”

For the next four days, now through Christmas Day, I'll be reposting the Advent poems I wrote four years ago. They were commissioned for John Knox Presbyterian Church in Seattle.      Star   “A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon 
under her feet ...

Advent Church: Celebrating St. Nicholas

On December 6th when my anxious nature woke me early, demanding I scrub the bathroom, order my nieces and nephews their presents from Amazon, and address my Christmas cards, I rebelled. Instead, I let my kids dress themselves in sweats, put some coffee in the pot, and opened the front door to a few friends and their ...

Receive: An Advent Meditation

  There’s a word that’s been loud in my mind this past week. Receive. Receive. My pastor spoke about it from the pulpit yesterday morning. Richard Rohr wrote about in his lovely Advent devotional this past Thursday. And I’m hearing it in my life right now, over and over. Receive the gift that God is ...