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Second Sunday of Advent: Love

I’ll never forget the definition of love that was given to me at a youth conference, years ago, when I was maybe 12. It must have been a good youth conference, because that definition has stayed with me my entire life. “Love is choosing the highest good for the other person.” In our society, talk […] Read more…

First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Today is the first Sunday of Advent for the year 2015. We enter into my favorite season from a past year that has been one of continuing transition for my family. I switched jobs (just two weeks ago), started a certificate program at the local community college, have made good progress on my thesis with […] Read more…

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Peace

I thought I knew what “crazy” and “hectic” was. And then I became a single mom. In the past three weeks, I have: Decorated a Christmas tree Been shoved by a man not once but twice, which prompted me to pull out my cell phone and threaten to call the police and press battery charges if […] Read more…

First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Today is the first Sunday of Advent for the year 2014. Advent is my favorite season of the year, and this year is a special year for my family because, for the first time ever, our celebration will be exclusive to orthodox (small “o”) Christianity. Previously, I would incorporate elements of my husband’s religion into […] Read more…