12-30-2013 11-51-35 PM

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The Pondering Heart

“When I struggle with the sting of obscurity and I feel marginalized and forgotten, I am invited to take up a pondering heart and enter into the Lord’s hidden life. At once, the lonely place of my heart is filled with the company of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph living as a family in their own anonymity and seeming insignificance; and then my heart is filled with hope and communal joy.”

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12-29-2013 5-56-28 PM

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God in Exile

“In those moments of surrender, when I allow the Spirit to move into that painful space of rejection, I become the refugee and the wanderer. And in this embrace, the Spirit renovates that empty space into ‘home.'”

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We Lean Back, with Eyes Longing Forward: Toward Bethlehem

“May the merciful hand of God that emerged from the cradle of humankind touch your life tenderly and deeply so that in receiving the humanity of God, you may embrace and experience your own humanity.”

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Christmas: Heaven Intersects Earth

“Just as the glory of Jesus’ birth was hidden from the “important” people of the day, so often is the Spirit’s movement in our contemporary world. We must resolve to have open and humble hearts to the almost “background” workings of God in both the world and even in our own lives.”

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A Trembling and a Fascination

“When you come face to face with all that’s unknown and unseen; instead of making a stand against it (out of fear); may you find the grace to fall furiously into faith, hope, and love.”

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Colors in Winter

“Thank you Lord for the color green / That grafts me into the things that grow / and remind us of all that’s good in your creation.”

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12-15-2013 4-29-00 PM

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