A Prayer for the End of A Year

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God, who is beyond all calendars and time, help us intentionally and peacefully draw this year to a close and prepare us to start a new year with hope. It wasn’t the year we planned and hoped for in January. We were worn out from dealing with Covid, widespread divisiveness and intolerance of differences, and… Continue reading A Prayer for the End of A Year

Advent Week 4 – December 23, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait Week 4: Peace. Henri Nouwen says about the importance of patience, “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the fullest in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself… Continue reading Advent Week 4 – December 23, 2022

Advent Week 4 – December 22, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait Week 4: Peace. Matthew 6:25-34 reminds us of our dependence on God and tells us not to worry. In a verse that never ceases to get my attention, Jesus asks, “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?” (Mt 6:27) Jesus tells… Continue reading Advent Week 4 – December 22, 2022

Advent Week 4 – December 21, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait Week 4: Peace. The beginning of Luke’s gospel contains many descriptions of people who wait. Zechariah and Elizabeth wait for a child (Lk 1:5-25), the angel Gabriel appears to Mary at the Annunciation (Lk 1:26-38), and the angel appears to the shepherds to tell them of the… Continue reading Advent Week 4 – December 21, 2022

Advent Week 4 – December 20, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait Week 4: Peace. We constantly hear the message that our life is ours to control. With enough planning and effort, we can make things happen according to our plan. We’re not supposed to let life just happen. But when we’re waiting, we’re in an in-between time when… Continue reading Advent Week 4 – December 20, 2022

Advent Week 4 – December 19, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait Week 4: Peace. If we’re impatient, demanding answers to our questions before we’re ready to understand or act on the answers, we may not learn what we need to know from the process of waiting. Rainer Maria Rilke, an Austrian poet, offers this perspective, “Be patient toward… Continue reading Advent Week 4 – December 19, 2022

Advent Week 4 – December 18, 2022

The Wisdom of Advent – Learning to Wait Week 4: Peace. We’re now entering the final week of Advent, lighting the remaining purple candle in our Advent Wreath. This week, I’ll explore what Advent can teach us about finding peace as we wait. Peace can be frustratingly elusive in our busy lives. Sometimes we feel… Continue reading Advent Week 4 – December 18, 2022