Now it all makes sense!

  We've just made our way through the season of Advent, and stepped into the twelve days of Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting and mystery, and in the piece of art above, I was exploring the way each of us has times in our lives when we feel fragmented; when we can't really see any pattern or meaning to what is happening.  Sometimes we get glimpses of how things might connect or what they might mean, but mostly we just have to live in the midst of the not-knowing.  We can't hurry up…
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Hole Up and Quiet Down

Today begins the second week of Advent, which is a time of preparation for Christmas.  Now of course there is lots of 'preparation for Christmas' going on around us, most of which involves a lot of shopping, along with some decorating and some parties and maybe some baking.  It often also involves quite a lot of clamor, busyness, and stress.  One thing that many of us find lacking in this season is spaciousness. But spaciousness is exactly what Advent calls us to cultivate or recapture in our lives. The word translated from Hebrew and Aramaic…
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Stillness

In the season of Advent, we are asked to cultivate a spirit of quietness.  This is quite a counter-cultural suggestion, in the midst of the furious holiday activity going on around us. This time of increased introspection and quietness is intended to make us more attuned to experience the presence of God, which we will celebrate especially in the festival of Christmas, but which surrounds us all the time even when we are not aware of it. If a pebble drops into a still pond, the ripples it creates will be able to spread far,…
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