Category Archives: Advent reflection

Advent journal: love incarnate

On the night you were born you’d already been here a while infinitely long as divinity almost nine months in finitude. On the night you were born I don’t imagine you knew your universe had shrunk from interstellar starshine to … Continue reading

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Advent journal: Joy in pursuit of … us?

I wonder if you have to reach a certain age before you can know the difference between happiness and joy … if the years and experiences have to pile up beyond your ability to make sense of them, leaving you … Continue reading

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Advent journal: queering peace

Queering Peace all about truth In isolation finding freedom. Against slurs declaring our true names. In judgment creating self-definition. Through condemnation cultivating blessing. Beyond rejection receiving Love’s radical welcome. Through accusations hearing a different truth. Against distaste and disgust claiming … Continue reading

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Advent journal: being peace

My peace candle melted from the wick out, the first time I burned it, puddling into a hollow mess that went everywhere. Somehow this seems apt. Our efforts at peace sometimes seem equally hollow. The truest thing I can say … Continue reading

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Advent journal: hope against (no) hope

Hope? No hope? It’s an Advent rumble! (Non-violent, of course …) In this corner, the Christians. As 1 Peter 3:15 puts it, “Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope … Continue reading

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Advent journal: thirsty and longing

Does your life create a mental mixtape of music and ideas? The Advent season seems to invite such collisions … yesterday it was the Indigo Girls jamming with Julian of Norwich by way of Matthew Fox and my morning commute. … Continue reading

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Advent journal: the road back to hope

A month or so ago I was shortlisted for a couple of jobs. Now … well, now I’m not. Which means it’s a great time to talk about hope. (Funny, that Advent. Always right on time.) I did my best … Continue reading

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Gaudete? The command to rejoice

Rejoice? [shakes head] Your rose-colored glasses would have to be opaque, and your heart made of quartz. What to do, then, with this command? Gaudete …. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be … Continue reading

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Peace, where there is no peace

Endless variety and boundless mysteries are beautiful when you are facing a seashore or sunrise; not so much when you are looking at cancer. And yet, as a mutation of the cells in our bodies and their process, cancer presents … Continue reading

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The thing with feathers

As a Christian exploring Buddhism for its technologies of meditation, mindfulness and being peace, I found many coherences among the two traditions. And I’m not alone in that; Zen Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh has described how – once he … Continue reading

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