A New Heaven and a New Earth…

Monday, December 11th: Yesterday we lighted the candle of peace alongside the candle of hope. Do you find peace today? Where? I hope you find peace through the promise, presence and power of God. Long before Jesus was born the prophet Isaiah had a vision of Christ’s great unifying work of salvation. Many years after Jesus died, John, the beloved …

Peace: New in Christ…

Second Sunday in Advent, December 10th (Candle of Peace) In accordance with God’s promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish. – 2 Peter 3:13-14 I challenge you to know the peace …

Being Sisters and Brothers of Nature…

Saturday, December 9th: The coming of a new baby into your home, into your life and world, changes everything. It changes the entire family! The coming of Jesus into your heart, mind and soul brings new life into your home, family and world. It changes everything. As we conclude the first week of Advent, focusing on the Hope candle, place …

The Renewal of the Whole Creation…

Friday December 8th: During this week of Advent Hope, remember that God came down in Jesus to set us free. “Us” includes all of creation! He didn’t come to condemn us, to fight us, to scare us, but to love us into absolute and total freedom. He scared those that refused His love and chose to secure their place in …

Restored to Eternal Life…

Thursday, December 7th: One thing we know for sure about our God: Our God is a God of the living, not of the dead. God is life. God is love. God is beauty. God is goodness. God is truth. God doesn’t want us to die. God wants us to live. Our God, who loves us from eternity to eternity, wants …

The TIME of Advent…

Wednesday, December 6th: Time: I love this time of the year! It is a time to wait and to anticipate the surprise of God’s greatest love… the gift of Godself! The incarnation! Time… Are you making time, using time, redeeming time so that you can be refreshed, reformed, and reconciled with the love of God in Jesus? Consider this musing …

Hope… and giving permission to die…

Tuesday, December 5th: Hope… This is the first week in Advent and we have lighted the first candle, the candle of Hope. Hope focuses not on what is seen, but what lasts and what comes last. What lasts and comes last can only be known through faith. As we consider Christmas birth, the incarnation of Jesus Christ, place your hope, …

Nurturing the Eternal Life Within Us…

Monday, December 4th The knowledge that Jesus came to dress our mortal bodies with immortality must help us develop an inner desire to be born to a new eternal life with him and encourage us to find ways to prepare for it. It is important to nurture constantly the life of the Spirit of Jesus – which is the eternal …

First Sunday in Advent: Keep Awake…

You do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake. -Mark 13:35-37 Keep Awake! Be alert, be alert, so that you will be …

The Dilemma of Life…

Saturday, December 2nd: Do we desire to be with Christ in the resurrection? It seems that most of us are not waiting for this new life but instead are doing everything possible to prolong our mortal lives. Still, as we grow more deeply into the spiritual life – the life in communion with our risen Lord – we gradually get …