Advent 4 – Scandalous Night (The Night Love Came)

Oh what a scandalous night!  An unmarried couple, road-weary and exhausted, plod into town under the shroud of evening.  The woman, young, no more than  15, is swollen with child.  White knuckled, she clutches the mane of the donkey and bends low on its back as another contraction grips her and then moves like a wave across her hardening belly.  She clenches her jaw,...
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Advent 3 – Remember Joy

Sucker punched!  Right there in the gut when I heard the news, my breath caught somewhere in my throat and I swallowed the howl  of why as tears formed in my eyes.   So many mama arms that would ache empty that night, many mama arms that would hold teddy bears and favourite dolls instead of children. Arms that would wrap tight around their own middles trying desperately to...
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Advent 2 – Peace Prepared

I have felt anything but prepared this season, anything but peace.  I feel like I have been drowning in merry and bright.  There have been mornings these past few weeks where pulling the blanket over my head has been the only solution that I could find, an escape from feeling trapped in the hustle and bustle. I am shocked by this, shocked by my disinterest.   Shocked even...
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Unlocked

She came up from behind me. Small, quiet, humble and handed me a gift. It was unexpected and overwhelming. We were gathered as we are every other Monday night, gathered to break bread, committed to doing life. I set down my fork and turned to meet her eyes, her hands outstretched in offering a small gift laid waiting in the palm. Joy right there before my eyes. We’ve been meeting now, for...
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Advent 1 – Hope Waits

Friends, an invitation?  Join me here each week as we enter this season of Advent.  Fourteen, no more than fifteen and eyes looking wide with hope.  A new life, a new path, a new journey Betrothal , an expected union.  Hope in a future with a husband loved well.  Hope in a new family blossoming within the covenant of marriage. Fourteen, no more than fifteen and heart...
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