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Thought for Today

Snow Couple Wreath
Copyright 2011 by R.A. Robbins

“The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity.” — Benjamin Franklin

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English: Three candles lit for the three first...
English: Three candles lit for the three first Sundays of advent. Svenska: Adventsljusstake med tre brinnande ljus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The season of Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before… What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God’s [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon.” — Jan L. Richardson, Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas

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Olive Oil Bottle Angel
Copyright 2010 by R.A. Robbins

“O ye beneath life’s crushing load,
Whose forms are bending low,
Who toil along the climbing way
With painful steps and slow;
Look now, for glad and golden hours
Come swiftly on the wing;
Oh rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing.” —  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (3rd verse) written by Edmund Hamilton Sears in 1849

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English: St Mary's Church, Greenville SC Adven...
English: St Mary’s Church, Greenville SC Advent Vespers http://stmarysgvl.org/uploads/albumpictures/IMG_3703.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“You keep us waiting. You, the God of all time, Want us to wait. For the right time in which to discover Who we are, where we are to go, Who will be with us, and what we must do. So thank you … for the waiting time.”
John Bell, quoted in The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers, compiled by Dorothy M. Stewart

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"Light gives of itself freely, filling al...
“Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished” (Photo credit: liahiro)

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished.  ~Michael Strassfeld

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Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church...
Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the historic Barelas neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM, Jan 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the  commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…”  Fr. Andrew Greeley, Woman’s Day, 12-22-81

Looking for a good Advent resource?  Check out the Praying Advent website from Creighton University’s Online Ministries.

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Mother Teresa 1985 cropped
Mother Teresa 1985 cropped (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.”Mother Teresa