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Awakening

Arise Shine

i woke up this morning energized –

that doesn’t happen often in January.

not sure why today was different-

it’s winter’s coldest day so far

and though it’s still dark and easier to stay in bed,

 the sun will be up soon

and i’m anxious to capture some scarce rays of rising light

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for the first time i’ve really payed attention to

how the liturgical seasons partner with the seasons of the earth.

 advent comes when days are shortest, nights long

nature is dormant

and darkness pulls us inward.

we search the darkness within and

prepare ourselves for the coming of Light –

waiting with a knowing hope

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then much-anticipated Christmas comes

with it’s celebration of wonder

all still and quiet

amidst noise and clutter

we celebrate the coming of the heavenly Light

given when earth is darkest

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then as quickly as it comes, it’s gone

with the new year right on it’s heals –

holding open a door to all things new.

with renewed intentions, routine returns

and we slip into rituals of the day

of work and of school

of snow, cold, and shovels

and of slowly ebbing darkness

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this is when epiphany comes

a much needed enlightening

a reminder of when the promised Savior was revealed to

wise men who persisted to seek him.

those who followed the light of a star

found the true Light

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epiphany

 the call to rise and shine

to awaken and see God’s glory

seek his grace

it’s everywhere –

in daily rituals

in simple things

even in dark moments

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not only to wake up and see,

but to shine and reflect it with joy and gratitude

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‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.’

Isaiah 60:1

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time for some honest reflection:

am i awake to every moment filled with his grace?

am i reflecting his glory with an attitude of thankfulness?

how will i shine today?

how will you?

let’s respond to Isaiah’s exciting call to action together!

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blessings,

Tracy

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A Hushing of the Soul

Advent 2 GNL

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in between Thanksgiving and Christmas

is the forgotten season of Advent

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Advent means coming

it’s a season of waiting & growing anticipation

a season of hope and peace

as we await the coming of Jesus

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Christmas easily overshadows this special time

funny how the season’s rushings

should be more of a quiet hushing of the soul

a time to reflect

and renew the spirit

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find a few moments today to be still

light a candle

remember what we are celebrating

like Mary, ponder all these things in the heart

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blessings,

Tracy

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Welcome December

Advent 1 no gnl

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welcome December

welcome anticipation

this month-long celebration

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there was a time when i found myself actually relieved when Christmas was over

too much stress crowded out any joy

finding the perfect gift

creating perfect memories for my kids

lists too long of to-do’s

 

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since that regretful Christmas,

i’ve commited myself to finding the joy

each Christmas season

to slow down

to be still

and focus on what’s most important

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i encourage you to find time every day

these next 24 days

to pause

reflect

to savor the joy of the greatest gift given to us . . .

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“I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:10-11

Blessings, 

Tracy

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