Posts tagged "Advent"

On Finding And Receiving The Light

Even on the grey days there is light. I tell myself remember this truth and always go looking with heavy-laden hope. Be open, expectant, hopeful that it will find me, embrace me in my place of waiting. Sometimes I’m waiting on the edge of the shadows. On the cusp. But we find each other, the light and I. Advent reminds us to wait for the Light. We are the wisemen,...

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Abound in HOPE, Be Full of JOY

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 For me, family picture day is exactly like physical torture with a side of mental self loathing. It's torture because I have to manhandle children and run my fingers through unruly curls and pry open mouths to brush...

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Waiting

Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth...

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Finding Joy Amidst the Grief

"What's the worst thing that could happen?," my counselor asked me?  "I get cancer," I replied. "And what's the worst the worst thing about getting cancer?" she continued. I paused, "It would be painful," I replied. *** Pain is something I actively avoid. As a child I decided I would do a flip on the monkey bars, which are probably outlawed by now (thank you 80s school playgrounds). Upon spinning...

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Letting the Nativity Inspire Our Celebrations

I’m hosting Christmas dinner for the first time this year. As soon as I found out I was going to host, I began thinking through the different menu, decor and guest list possibilities. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved the details of planning a meal- finding the perfect combination of foods that reflect the season, choosing the prettiest flowers at the grocery store for the table, inviting...

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The Irrational Hospitality of Advent

The definition of hospitality seems simple enough. Hospitality means to receive a guest -- friend or stranger -- with goodwill. But what does that really look like? In a year of stories here at Grace Table, we have only begun to describe it. It looks like tea parties with children. It looks like food for the strangers who are also our neighbors. It looks like hilarious family traditions. It is last-minute invitations and...

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