Instructing Ourselves in Joy

Joy is something that sees quite elusive these days. Outrage, indignation and anger are readily available, but joy seems in short supply. These words of poet Mary Oliver are resonating with me today, particularly her thought that what she was born for was to instruct herself over and over in joy and acclamation. Mindful by Mary Oliver Every Day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight, that leaves me like a needle in the haystack of ...

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Doubting Believer Favorite Christmas Songs Installment Three

Maybe this Christmas Ron Sexsmith captures what we all hope for at Christmas. Maybe this will be the year. The one where we access everything we truly want out of Christmas. Maybe... If this kind of Christmas is the one you've been seeking, then don't leave it to chance. Don't just hope for "maybe." Love deeper Choose to forgive Open Doors Shine the light Be grateful Participate in the incarnation by letting the Word be ...

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Here’s to Hoping

We lit the candle of Hope yesterday in church. We looked at the story of Daniel and the Lion's den But didn't talk so much about the lions It was Daniels defiant act of prayer that held our attention Prayer that was illegal Done right in an open window where everyone could see A subversive act of resistance that testified to all That his God was greater than the king. That his God was ...

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