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  • He Waves

    On Wednesday, December 24 th, 2008
    “If you’ll look hard, you’ll see me.” I’m on my knees, at his eye level, buttoning up the white of his shirt and he’s grinning. “I’ll be with all the other angels, at the back. I’ll be singing.” I’m smiling, nodding, looking into the depths of those blue eyes calling from deep onto deep. He’s
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  • Feasting in the Manger

    On Monday, December 22 nd, 2008
    As the bread rises this morning, thoughts rise too, from John Piper…. “Belief is not merely an agreement with facts in the head; it is also an appetite for God in the heart, which fastens on Jesus for satisfaction…. Eternal life is not given to people who merely think that Jesus is the Son of
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  • Bread of Heaven

    On Monday, December 22 nd, 2008
    Tis the season of falling flakes, downy feathers drifting down. Plumes from Father’s wings. They drift down outside my window. Steam from these loaves of holiday bread that I take from the oven rises up to meet that which shakes down. Lights twinkle. I wrap up these loaves in red and white plaid disthtowel, a
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  • Emmanuel on Pale Blue Dot

    On Friday, December 19 th, 2008
    Every night we go out and the heavens come down. After the dishes are washed, the floors swept, the stories read. When the house is quieting and the lantern’s flickering low. Sometimes it’s just opening the side porch door, sticking head out, pausing and wondering. Other nights, I actually step out, sofa blanket still wrapped
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  • Advent Deliverance

    On Wednesday, December 17 th, 2008
    Part one of this advent series herePart two of this advent series here “Only one. The tractor trailer can’t make it – air compressor not working in this cold.” Farmer Husband yells the news to me over the drone of the tractor engine. I watch the small feed truck pull away from the empty auger,
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  • Advent Deliverance

    On Tuesday, December 16 th, 2008
    Part one of this corn story here “Why do we get stuck with such an ugly tree?” Malakai wanders through living room, pauses before bare artificial needles, cocks his head in assessment, makes the final proclamation. I turn from stovetop and the stirring of slow bubble of potato and corn chowder, look his way. He’s
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  • Oh, Open Your Present Early — You Really Need To!

    On Friday, December 12 th, 2008
    These are the weeks before Christmas. The darkest days of the year fall gently down upon us. And in the hushed quiet, in the dark of the come-early night, we sit with bated breath. We’ve been given a gift. One we didn’t have to make, bake, sew, buy, wrap, bag or tag. One we are
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  • Prayer is the Product

    On Tuesday, December 09 th, 2008
    First light calls to prayer to ‘eucharisteo’ ’til last light falls because prayer is the product. ::: “Prayer is the Christian life, reduced to its essence.” ~Hank Hanegraaff Lord, though my hands may toil, the real, abiding work of this day is prayer. Could there be anymore yield to a day than remaining in Your
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  • Waiting Hope (*update at bottom)

    On Friday, December 05 th, 2008
    White falls early, surpriseinvasion from sky, buryinggold, our gold, in winter’sgrip and I tell Farmer HusbandI won’t fold up autumn quilts flanking hearth,won’t yet gather up leaves and pumpkinsswagging the mantle,or cut greens and berries to deck the hallsjust yet, but I’ll wait ’til he minesthe last of our claim,claims the last of our nuggets,brings
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  • Learning our Name

    On Saturday, November 29 th, 2008
    Thinking more on when you call yourself names … “We are all under the same mental calamity: we have all forgotten our names.” ~G.K. Chesterton or click here to view at youtube (feel free to pause the music in the sidebar) But hear the song He sings over us? I Will Change Your Name…. I
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  • Come in from the Cold…

    On Monday, November 24 th, 2008
    Winter winds blast and the Branch holds me and I forget not all His benefits, just, sadly, too many, when I was formed just for that, to bless the Lord, all that is within me, to bless His holy name. It is, but shouldn’t be hard, to remember the benefits of Him who is my
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  • What I’m about…

    On Thursday, November 20 th, 2008
    Some kindly wondered what I believe… a statement of faith. Yes, here’s what I am purposing to live… what I’m about.
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