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 in thy dear [Read More...]

Thankful Tuesday: Advent thoughts, Christmas gifts, and baby cheetahs

Some words that are blowing my mind this week, from the amazing Advent book I’m working through. (Preparing For Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent—go now and get this book.): “Our Christian wisdom is to name the darkness as darkness, and the Light at light, and to learn how to live and work in the Light [Read More...]

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 2

An Invitation to Ponder   When I first started asking God and myself what it means to be a mother who prays in the midst of the chaos of life at home with kids, what it could look like to practice prayer when my life was not quiet, when most of my attempts at a [Read More...]

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 [Read More...]

St. Nicholas Day: Santa, Mystery and Small Family Ritual

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Friends, I’m going to ask you to jump over with me to another site again today. (This is just one of those lucky weeks for us!) Christine Gough has been hosting a guest series called: “Vision from the Frontlines: Voices, Experiences & Practices of Faith Development” and today, I’m  over there sharing about how our [Read More...]

Light Your Candles Quietly: Keeping Advent with Mary, Vol. 1

"Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are" -Alfred Delp

Vol. 1 – An invitation to enter Advent attentive and aware   August and I sit outside the ice cream shop on Clement Street, licking chocolate from plastic spoons and watching the bustle of a city Sunday afternoon pass by. We’re having an afternoon together while Brooks sleeps and Chris builds some bookshelves. I’m still, [Read More...]


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