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Flesh and Blood

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I love the Message translation of John 1:14­—“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Parent, like Child, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.”

Advent prepares us for the celebration of this event: God-with-us. And then, it seems, we all collapse. How do I live what I claim to believe? God’s glory became flesh and blood, God’s promise real and tangible. Generous and true, how can I go into 2017 and into my neighborhood with tangible generosity? And how is it possible to do so with the kind of joy and enthusiasm that the beautiful young women in this picture manifest? Truly, the only way that I will be able to muster a fraction of theirs is by doing so in community: the Body of Christ, and all that. What will that look like for us? for me?

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  • There’s a beautiful young man in this photo too – not just women – sexist! 😉 But good words. And I love this picture and them and our family and church family! 🙂

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Nicole Oliver Snyder’s expertise lies in the areas of leadership, gender issues, and mindfulness practice as it affects both. Leadership, particularly in an urban setting, requires community-relations skills, and an ability to clearly convey justice issues as they relate to felt, spiritual ones. Dr. Snyder is author of Leading Together: Mindfulness and the Gender Neutral Zone, and specializes in teaching mindfulness leadership development, formative spirituality, counseling, and Old Testament theology (emphasis on justice issues). She has a diverse background in international community-relations work combined with volunteer work in multi-ethnic communities, and with local institutions. She is an ordained Clergy; holds a BS in Human Development and Family Studies, w/Education Certificate, an MA-Counseling, MDiv Equiv., holds a Doctor of Ministry and Advanced Certification in Formative Spiritual Direction, and is a Licensed Professional Counselor (CO, MI).

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