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YES, VIRGINIA, THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS!

 “Personally, of course, I believe in Santa Claus; but it is the season of forgiveness, and I will forgive others for not doing so.” G.K. Chesterton As Virginia’s post-a-day gig “Advent-ure” winds down (Christmas is Friday!) here is something shared … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: BLEAK WINTER BLUES (sort of)

On this first day of winter in the northern hemisphere it’s bleak and cold here in Williamsburg, Virginia. Seems appropriate somehow! This holiday season has been a bit on the bleaker side with so many celebratory things we take for … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: LOVE BLOOMING

On this last Sunday of Advent, here is a powerful prayer for our hearts to contemplate… “To the impossible: Yes! Enter and penetrate O Spirit. Come and bless This hour: the star is late. Only the absurdity of love Can … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: A Quirky Tree Perspective

On this final Saturday of Advent Virginia is contemplating what it means to see the same thing from different perspectives. In this case a quirky tree she caught on camera two Decembers ago at Lewis Ginter’s GardenFest of Lights. Perspective … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: A PRAYER FOR THE NIGHT

On this Advent Friday here is a Benedictine prayer for the nighttime (that also works when things seem dark and gloomy…) “Now in the fading light of day, Maker of all to You I pray, That with Your ever-watchful love, … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: HOLIDAY WREATHS

Wreaths on our doors are a symbol of welcome. In our home we usually have welcome wreaths on our front door, changing them out according to the season. But during Advent wreaths take on a whole new meaning. The circle … Continue reading

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#Advent: Quickie Quote

On this Advent Wednesday here’s a short yet powerful quote to contemplate… “The teaching of Christ is not Christ for me unless I am determined to have Christ formed in me.” Oswald Chambers  grace, peace & spiritual formation Virginia : )

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#ADVENT: GLOOMY DAY LIGHT

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:5 It’s amazing what a difference light makes when things are gloomy. We may have trouble finding our way when doom and gloom cloud our horizons. … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: Dark Nights of the Soul

“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.” Saint John of the Cross Today we remember St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish saint (1541-1591) well known for his “Dark Night of the Soul.”  During his ministry … Continue reading

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#ADVENT: JOY! JOY! JOY!

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God…” (Isaiah 61:10) On this Gaudete Sunday of Advent we are called to “Rejoice!” Given all the staggering challenges that surround us these days, finding our … Continue reading

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