Category Archives: Advent

Messenger: Advent Word 9

For the processional hymn yesterday at St. Michael’s, we sang about the last prophet in the Christian tradition, the messenger whose words of repentance we heed each Advent: On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh; … Continue reading

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Prepare: Advent Word 8

Music plays an essential rôle in my Advent preparations. Liturgical worship is full of paradoxes, one of which is that we don’t sing Christmas carols as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This practice of self-denial has become part … Continue reading

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Focus: Advent Word 7

In the spring of 1965, my father entrusted me with his Kodak Brownie camera to take along on our sixth-grade field trip to the Salado Indian cliff dwellings at Tonto National Monument. Photography has been my passion through the ensuing … Continue reading

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Mend: Advent Word 6

Manufacturers of athletic shoes suggest that they be replaced every six months. College students who depend on government-subsidized Pell grants and student loans to support their families rush to the Apple store for an upgrade as soon as Tim Cook … Continue reading

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Heal: Advent Word 5

“Write what you know,” I have often told my English composition students. What I know about healing began when my husband was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in the summer of 2010 and continued through two rounds of increasingly toxic chemotherapy … Continue reading

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Simplify: Advent Word 4

The things we want and need are plain and true: To live in peace in a safe, warm home; to eat soup and bread and drink wine; to sleep curled in the arms of one we love; to speak words … Continue reading

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Gather: Advent Word 3

Recounting his efforts to find the Holy Ghost in private prayer, John Donne confessed: I lock my door to myself, and I throw myself down in the presence of my God, I divest myself of all worldly thoughts, and I … Continue reading

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Journey: Advent Word 2

Journey (n.) c. 1200, “a defined course of traveling; one’s path in life,” from Old French journée “a day’s length; day’s work or travel” (12c.), from Vulgar Latin diurnum “day,” noun use of neuter of Latin diurnus “of one day” … Continue reading

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Awake: Advent Word 1

This year, I have decided to participate in the daily discipline of #AdventWord, a project of the worldwide Anglican  Communion  designed to create a global Advent calendar where we can share images and meditations that reflect the spirit of this … Continue reading

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