Year: 2017

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Christmas Day is Here

Merry Christmas everyone! Today is the big day that we’ve all been waiting for. All throughout the Advent season we’ve been longing for this day to come; the day we can finally celebrate the arrival of the baby Jesus. For those of you who have been following along with the Advent wreath, all four of the …

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Advent Week 4: LOVE

Christmas is only one more sleep away. Today as we light the fourth and final candle on our Advent wreath we can see that the light comes very close to overcoming all darkness. The only candle that is left now is the center candle, the Christ candle, which we’ll light on Christmas morning. As a reminder …

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Advent Week 3: JOY

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” -Philippians 4:4 As we light the third of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that Christmas is drawing nearer. The light of this third candle comes even closer to completely driving the darkness away. This third candle represents ‘joy’. …

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Advent Week 2: PEACE

As we light the second of the four outer candles on our Advent wreath, we are reminded that as Christmas draws nearer, the light of this new candle drives darkness even further into the distance. This second candle is the ‘peace’ candle. Christmas is about celebrating the arrival, the birthday, of the Prince of Peace. …

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Advent Week 1: HOPE

This season, I’ll be drawing your attention to the Advent wreath to help us follow the season over the next four weeks. There is so much symbolism to this wreath; its circular shape is meant to represent God, the Creator and Preserver of all things. His love has no beginning and no end; it is …

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Go In Peace

Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”(Luke 8:48) I had the privilege of attending The Salvation Army’s annual Christmas kettle kick off breakfast last week. All of the major Salvation Army players from the country and in the city show up to it, plus some funders and other dignitaries …

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Through the Shadows

When I think of peace, I think of non-violence.  And when I think of non-violence, my mind often takes me to Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. These guys led their followers into peace by refusing to engage in violence.  And the results of their work changed many minds, including my own, forever. However, it …

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Kudos

Now that we are through the Thanksgiving holiday season, we can more easily focus on our other 2 missional themes of October; appreciation and celebration. In a recent email from our divisional Employee Relations (ER) Director Lisa Baker, she writes: “I would like to suggest that we take the month of October to celebrate and …

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Hold On Tightly

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope and pray that each of you are enjoying this beautiful weekend in some way. I spent all last week at a monastery in Niagara Falls. It was my third of four weeks of study towards becoming a certified spiritual director. [ If you are interested in finding out more about what …

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God, Thank You

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100: 4-5 The old Christian mystics felt that if all you could say is “God, thank-you” then you’ve said …

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