Week 3, Day 7: Ember Days

Wet and muddy, contained within the wooden raised boxes, my garden rests as the December temperatures rise and fall in a downward trajectory.  The tomatoes that fell there, the seeds that never germinated last spring, leaves that fell from the trees, grass clippings that sprang from the lawn mower — all mingle in the dirt, […] Read more

Week 3, Day 4: Game On

Best Buy, the nationwide big box electronics store, is raising some ire this year with their “Game On, Santa,” ad campaign. In this series of ads, moms are seen raking in deals on electronics when the store clerk mentions, “Guess Santa has some competition this year.” The next thing you know, the moms in each […] Read more

Third Sunday of Advent

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen. […] Read more

Week 2, Day 3: He Waits with Us

This past weekend was busy with activity, some of it holiday-related – Christmas open houses and Christmas parties – some of it was just normal busyness – visiting an art exhibition, shopping, lunch with friends. But despite the otherwise hectic schedule, Sunday afternoon and evening was completely free. It happened accidentally, if you must know. […] Read more

Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now […] Read more

First Sunday of Advent

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to […] Read more