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23 Days of Advent-Day 9 Mary Matters

23 Days of Advent-Day 9 Mary Matters Mary, the teenage virgin who becomes the mother of Jesus would find her own place in history and in the history of the church.   Around the world today she is known as Saint Mary, Virgin Mary, and…

23 Days of Advent-Day 8 Don't Forget the Salt

The contestants pose for a group photo, as seen on Food Network's Holiday Baking Show Season 4 23 Days of Advent –Day 8 Sugar and Spice and don’t forget the Salt I’m taking a break from the traditional Advent activities, and a real…

23 Days of Advent-Day 7: The Radical Entrance of Mary

And on the 7th day God sends us Mary.  Well, that’s a little dramatic.  It’s Day 7 of Advent and finally we come to a familiar name.  Mary, the mother of Jesus. Studying the text and following the book “Light of the…

23 Days of Advent-Day 5 What's In a Name? Everything

23 Days of Advent-Day 6 What’s In A Name?  Everything! The birth of John the Baptist launches the Christmas story.  John is such a common name in our culture.  It is a familiar name in the New Testament, but for a Jewish…

23 Days of Advent-Day 5: Don't Mess With The Angel

We continue in the Gospel of Luke with the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. They are old and they are childless.   Zechariah is a priest (not sure I mentioned that before)…and he has been chosen to offer the incense offering.   He…

23 Days of Advent-Day 4: God Remembers; We Remember

The doll in the swing, circa 1961.  One of my favorite Christmas memories.   Oddly enough, what I remember most about that moment is the smell.  The smell of that doll would stay with me.   I now realize that…