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Excited Angels, Awesome Peace And The Christ Candle

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. – Luke 2:14 He’s here!  He’s Finally here!  The Angels sang.  Angel Messengers popped up everywhere:  He’s Here!   The plan is progressing.  That plan laid out before the foundation of the earth is working! – THE PLAN! This truth in history […]

Why Joy Is Vital While Tending Serious Business

“Joy is the Serious Business of Heaven” –  C.S. Lewis This quote by C.S. Lewis comes from his  Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (San Diego: Harvest, 1964), 92-93.  I have been thinking a lot about this:  The juxtaposition of joy and doing serious business. Serious business abounds.  Ever since the curse entered the earth realm , […]

What Is So Pleasing About Faith?

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr. This week is the second Sunday of advent.  One of the traditions that connect Christians to our history is the advent candle or rather the story it represents.  The advent candle applications vary from camp to […]

Why Bother To Have Hope?

“Everything that is done in this world is done by hope -. Martin Luther The Advent Season begins with lighting the Prophecy Candle representing Hope.  Why have hope? It’s such an elusive and squishy idea in today’s world.  More in the line of wishful thinking.  In most cases. the words “I hope so” have a […]

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How To Let The Five Candles Of Advent Refresh And Renew

the “Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more … Christmas is an encounter!” – Pope Francis The season of Advent is well underway, a season of expectation leading up to Christmas Day. But what are we expecting?  I am going to avoid ragging about the pressure […]

How Air Traffic Control Calmly Celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an emotional holiday. People travel thousands of miles to be with people they only see once a year. And then discover once a year is way too often. – Johnny Carson Celebrates Thanksgiving.  The day before Thanksgiving is one of the heaviest travel days of the year.  This is true of all modes […]

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From The Blackness Of Nothing – A Video Tribute To Dad In His Own Words

“From the blackness of nothing to the brightness of everything.  The sun came bursting over the horizon and a new day was here.” – Paul Hancock, The Writings of HANCOCK, September 1975 The Northfield School of the Liberal Arts has a year-end program called, Americana.  It is an opportunity for students and faculty to summarize […]

Joyful Wishes For A Season Of Thanksgiving And Gratitude

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ― Epicurus Sending joyful wishes to you and yours!  This special holiday served as our extended family reunion gathering as a child.  We usually went to the farm where all […]

A Disturbing Yet Familiar Story Of Healthcare And Dirty Politics

Expression: Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose Meaning: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Literal translation: the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing. Disturbing Yet Familiar Story are a reality of rescuing lost stories.  In some sense, each story has these familiar seven elements.  This is true of […]