Surpassing Human Understanding

The theme of our second Advent candle, and pervading this entire week, is Peace.  The very words sound comforting in their native tongues, Shalom in Hebrew, Eirene in Greek (from which we derive the English name “Irene”).  Used almost 250 times throughout Holy Scripture, our English term struggles to contain

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Truth to Power and to Us

We are reflecting together in this brief, intense Advent season on the poignant Advent Sunday Collects.  So constitutive, so incisive, so formative for our spiritual (and not so spiritual for that matter) walk though Advent.  The Collects waste no time in their laconic cross-examination and lacing indictment of the human

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Wait For It….

Undergirding our weekly Sunday Advent themes are several implicit, transcendent Christian cornerstone experiences.  In Advent, as God’s future comes graciously towards us and into view, we are called, literally, to wait.  To receive God’s gifting on God’s terms in God’s good time.  There is a profound historical tension here, as

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Infamy

As we move into this second week of Advent, we pause for what has become a civic version of a saint’s day.  Sadly, like so many of our national days, this day marks a tragic and traumatic 80th anniversary.  In the early morning of Sunday, December 7th, 1941, aircraft from

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Holy Saint Nicholas’ Day ___Man!

Today is the second of our significant holiday Saints Day’s, the Feast of Saint Nicholas of Myra.  Nicholas is an early church rock star in the Orthodox Christian tradition, consequential for all Christians although he is particularly venerated as the patron saint of children, sailors, archers and prostitutes among others. 

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Writhe That Wreath!

So it turns out that one of the oldest, most well attested and most globally evidenced holiday traditions involves that wreath on the table, wall or door.  Ancient Greeks made them from bay and cherry laurel leaves to award Olympiad victors in the Hellenic athletic contests of antiquity.  Ancient Persians

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Almighty God, Give Us Grace

Growing up in the Episcopal Church means being wrapped in the warm blanket of Anglican liturgical tradition, all based upon not only the Word of God but also lots of…words.  The Prayer Book tradition is inescapably literary, which any old-school Anglican soul knows isn’t everyone’s cup of tea.  It kinda

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Pardon Me, Do You Have Any Ficus Carica?!

Closely aligned with the Great Themes of Advent are multiple symbols of the season, each conveying some profound and often comedic axiom about our faith.  Our Advent symbol this week may possibly be the world’s most perfect, complete natural food.  Dear readers, I present the oldest harvested fruit known to

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Setting Up Advent Shop

To properly enter into the Advent season, I want to re-visit an earlier Lenten devotion about a home chapel, worship space or prayer corner.  I asked then, and ask again now, that you reserve some modest space as sacred space in which you pray, read scripture, ponder these and other

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