Advent Week 2: Candle of Preparation

We light the second purple candle of Advent this week, also known as the Bethlehem Candle.  Consider all the things we do naturally in preparation for a birth. The efforts include inventory creation -- we purchase the necessary items and start stacking the items away. We set up a room for welcoming the new baby with … Continue reading Advent Week 2: Candle of Preparation

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Get Yourself Ready! Advent begins…

If we think about it, one of the major lessons of life is preparation. Memes and messages remind us to live in the present because we spend so much time preparing for the near and distant future.  We "live right" now as preparation for eternity.  We have future plans that we only accomplish by planning … Continue reading Get Yourself Ready! Advent begins…

Pre-Advent Thoughts

We are one week out from the beginning of the Advent season. Once I learned this word, Advent, I loved it. Here are the definitions.  -- the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting -- the coming of Christ at the Incarnation -- not … Continue reading Pre-Advent Thoughts

The Manifold Grace of Genesis 40

I wanted to call this entry "The Prismatic Grace of Genesis 40" but the definition would not let me without reaching too far in metaphor. I like the word prismatic. Look out for an entry with that word soon.  Manifold (adj.) 1) marked by diversity or variety; many. 2) comprehending or uniting various features; multifarious. … Continue reading The Manifold Grace of Genesis 40

On Drinking the Cup…

Sunday, I toured and attended worship service at the National Cathedral. The following are rough thoughts that came to me as I opted out of and observed the Communion ordinance. A minister served the wafer (bread) and then participants walked to another person holding one glass and some drank (yes, from the same glass) and … Continue reading On Drinking the Cup…