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Christmas Reflections

Decorating for Advent and Christmas took on a new meaning for me this year.  This past year we adopted a baby and he has just turned one.  This is his first Christmas with us, and I want it to be a special time in his life as well as a period of growth as a person. Conversations that once did not apply to…

Blessing of Presence

During one of our college ministry worship services, one of the college leaders led the group in a communion service.  Evidently, she had just finished a study on Thich Nhat Hahn, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk.  She asked me if it was acceptable to use some of his writings and teachings while reflecting on the communion table.  After we chatted a bit, I…

Child Rearing for an Unknown Future

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head for no apparent reason? Songs get stuck in my head usually after I have heard them on the radio, in a movie, or background noise somewhere.  However, lately, I have been thinking about a Christmas song, called Mary Did You Know.  In this song, the song ponders if Mary the mother of…