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    Touching Peace

    4th Sunday of Advent I can see the yard and about half of Dee’s house from my living room windows. And when I was really sick last March and early April, she set a candle in her back kitchen window. While I could only see it if I was in my bedroom at the very end of my house, with all the lights off and peering out from the farthest edge of the farthest window, she put it there so I could know she was just over there, and that she was praying for me. The light was like a beacon of peace. And it touched me from across our…

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    Tasting Joy

    3rd Sunday of Advent What gives you joy? [Billings & Crepeaus video] Of dancing: “The felicities of rapid motion have been felt.” (The latest iteration of Emma. On streaming services.) felicities – just the word: felicities, brings me joy! “My seed catalogue for spring planting came today!” “A baby’s laugh!” “My grandkids!” “Sunshine!” “Getting my house clean!” “Sharing a laugh—the unexpected, reflexive response to a partner’s funny comment!” “Christmas Tree lights in the early morning when all is calm…the twinkling lights, bright!” “A good game of bridge!” “A granddaughter’s imagination!” We watched a wonderful new Christmas movie on Netflix called, Jingle Jangle. It’s about an inventor-father whose inventions are stollen…

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    Seeing Faith

    2nd Sunday of Advent I put the hymn right after the scripture readings because it restates the Mark passage, and the words are just so good!: John came with a vision of forgiveness and love, of acceptance and fully living. John proclaimed, telling anyone who listened, that there is a better way; that there is a time-space where Righteousness is at home… (2Pet3.13) John had a vision—seeing what was possible, because that is how everything was created, came into being, in the first place. John could see the future because he had inner sight—insight—eyes that were acclimated to God’s sight. And because it is evidenced in his very DNA…. Seeing…