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Musings (Page 5)

Read what our people have written about faith and life

Giving Up Lent, or I Don’t Like Parsnips Anyway

Who decided that self-sacrifice was the proper way to prepare for the solemn remembrance of the crucifixion and celebration of the resurrection of our Christ? It certainly is not what He was doing in those days leading up to Calvary. Indeed, His last days on earth were not spent in secluded self-reflection. Rather His teaching,…

Christmas Musing — Anticipation/The Crèche

As a child, I looked forward to Christmas morning, anticipating the gifts that Santa would bring. But there was something else I looked forward to, also. Growing up in a Roman Catholic family, the nativity set was always a focal point of our Christmas tree. It sat front and center under the tree, surrounded by…

Advent Musing – God is With Us

We worry. Theologian Howard Thurman writes: “The streets of our minds seethe with endless traffic; our spirits resound with clashings, with noisy silences.” And the questions persist: “what are we doing with our lives? Where are we trying to go? For what end do we make sacrifices? To what am I true?” Hard questions in…

Advent Musing – Anticipation/Family

Anticipation and excitement starts to build in the hearts of children as the first signs of Christmas begin to arrive.  Whether it is the decorations around town, the songs in the stores, the brisk cool weather arriving, children begin to delight at the many presents that they will receive. A few of our Upper Elementary…

Advent Musing – Anticipation/Expecting

The most anticipation I’ve ever experienced is having a baby.  There are so many unknowns and first­time experiences that are both exciting and scary.  Since I’ve now given birth, I think the anticipation continues to grow as Julia grows and learns new things. In a lot of ways, I’m sure that Mary was filled with…

Advent Musing — Anticipation

Unless your age is counted in single digits Christmas probably doesn’t have the same feeling it once did. How we looked forward to vacation from school, seeing relatives, and, of course, the presents! Remember seeing all those gifts under the tree, and when mom wasn’t looking, picking ours up and shaking them to see if we…