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Building the #Nativity: (#christmas) Mary & Joseph

There are very few pictures of Mary and Joseph that are not Joseph pulling Mary on the Donkey for Bethlehem. We aren’t there yet, though. Besides, they aren’t Even LOOKING at each other! But I can tell that Mary and Joseph aren’t really pictured before Jesus. Even though, they had some kind of relationship as … Continue reading

#God in the #dark, #bluechristmas Madeline L’engle

“I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God … Continue reading

Christmas Eve Favorites

My favorite parts of this year Christmas eve service are many…but I’d love to name some 1. The children helping to light the advent candle. I did away with pre-planning a family to light candles (who has time to do that? not me, not them) and have been cycling through the children youngest to eldest–without … Continue reading

Explaining #christmas #mystery #joy and Madeline L’engle

“Don’t try to explain the Incarnation to me! It is further from being explainable than the furthest star in the furthest galaxy. It is love, God’s limitless love enfleshing that love into the form of a human being, Jesus, the Christ, fully human and fully divine. Was there a moment, known only to God, when … Continue reading

Christmas Carols Annotated!

Originally posted on katyandtheword:
I like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Winter Wonderland. But…..I prefer Christmas Carols, possibly because they are so seldom played that they are not on the radio and retail venues everywhere… God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: This is not in my Presbyterian hymnal–it is also seriously undersung (ie its considered a…

The Waiting Room: #adoption #narrativelectionary #joseph #christmas

Jesus is adopted http://www.workingpreacher.org/preaching.aspx?commentary_id=2259 here is a good resource to start thinking things and another one http://revgalblogpals.org/2014/12/16/narrative-lectionary-dreams-and-adoption-rooted-in-faith/ …but Jesus is adopted by Joseph as scripture describes here This fact is so, so important in understand who Jesus is…..He’s family… NPR recently played Jillian Lauren’s tale of adoption (Full 12min story here) She flew to Africa to … Continue reading

Twas the Night before Christmas & Theater

So, I have 5 amazing children who are doing a performance of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Joy, Joy, Joy! This is where the spirit of the season is…let me tell you 1. The kids have come to practically every rehearsal (I tried to keep them reasonable). I am amazed at their commitment 2. The … Continue reading

Christmas: What if we just owned it?!?

The elves are starting. Many parents do the elf on the shelf thing (Not me, Advent is busy, and we find them creepy although lots of parents do a good job) or even the kindness elves. Christmas flyers are being sent out, and of course retail has been talking Christmas forever Tumblr is starting to … Continue reading

How Can This Be?

Mary magnifies the Lord, magnifies the question of Jesus Christ. Takes a life change and magnifies it. I don’t know about you, but when big things happen in my life–good or bad–I try to manage the event, plan it, cope. Immediately I try to make it smaller. But if God is with us. If God … Continue reading

Christmas Carols Annotated!

I like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Winter Wonderland. But…..I prefer Christmas Carols, possibly because they are so seldom played that they are not on the radio and retail venues everywhere… God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: This is not in my Presbyterian hymnal–it is also seriously undersung (ie its considered a carol but never included … Continue reading

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