Emmanuel God With Us: Waiting at the Threshold(s) of Advent

Emmanuel God With Us:  Waiting at the Threshold(s) of Advent

Advent (which in Greek means “appearance or coming”) is a liturgical time we prepare and wait for the Light of Christ to come into the world on Christmas.  It’s a time of light, shadow, candles, pondering, reflection, and prayer.  It’s a time to notice the seasonal summer light fading and winter darkness rising. On each of the four Sundays of Advent we will light a candle in our Advent altar wreath to mark the coming of the light of Christ. (There is no Christ candle during the Advent season- Paradoxically, Jesus is present and also not born yet). 

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On the Lighter Side

On the Lighter Side

Stress brought on by dealing with difficult situations, disappointments and loss can leave you feeling physically drained.  Furthermore, the old “guilt trip” sneaks in telling you that since you are in the midst of the “serious stuff” there is no room for the lighter side of laughter.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Scientists tell us that “laughter is the best medicine.”

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