Tag Archives: holiday season

A New Year Message

As one year ends and a new one begins, we tend to think of the good and bad things that have happened in the past year and all the hopes and intentions we have for the New Year. People set resolutions to do or don’t do something to make life easier and more meaningful. This …

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Lighting The Candle of Christ

At my church, which is a PCUSA church lights a candle each week of Advent. The final candle, the one that sits in the center is the Christ candle. I would like to share my reflections on and what others have said about Jesus. My intention is that my words will not only help you …

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My Favorite Christmas Movie

These days there seems to always be a Christmas movie on TV. Classics and new movies abound, you cannot help but stumble on some holiday show. One cable station has 25 days of Christmas and shows almost nothing but Christmas movies and specials. Another cable station shows ‘A Christmas Story’ 24 hours starting Christmas Eve …

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Lighting The Candle Of Joy

At my church, which is a PCUSA church lights a candle each week of Advent. The third candle is the candle of joy. I would like to share my reflections on joy. My intention is that my words will not only help you celebrate the Advent season better and deeper, but live the season in …

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Lighting The Candle Of Hope

My church lights a candle each week of Advent. The first candle is the candle of hope. I would like to share my reflections on hope. My intention is that my words will not only help you celebrate the Advent season, but live the season deep in your heart and to bring it into the …

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Rediscovering Advent Anew

The Advent season, an astonishing time of giving and gathering, is upon us once again. We celebrate the coming of Jesus in the nativity stories in Matthew and Luke and wait with breathless anticipation for the coming again of Jesus. Jesus comes to us in our personal lives as he once came to his first …

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The True Meaning Of Thanksgiving

The modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition traces its origins to a 1621 celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving prompted by a good harvest. In later years, the tradition was continued by civil leaders such as Governor Bradford who planned a thanksgiving celebration and fast in 1623. While initially, the Plymouth …

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