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Consent to Love

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep207-consent-to-love.m4a Consent to Love Mary replied to the angel, “Here am I, your servant. Let it be according to your word.” God has brought down the powerful and lifted the lowly; filled the hungry with all their needs and sent the wealthy away empty handed. My favorite Christmas cantata since I was young is Ralph…

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A Collision of Peace

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep206-collision-of-peace.m4a A Collision of Peace As long as some are not at peace, I cannot really know true peace. What brings you peace? Recently, in the field of physics someone developed a simplified (for physicists, anyway) model, or sketch, to describe what happens after particles collide. Nima Arkani-Hamed, a Princeton physicist, discovered a shape that…

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Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent

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  https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep205-cultivating-delight-during-advent.m4a Joy: Cultivating Delight During Advent This week, in practicing hope, the longing or desire for something –accompanied by the belief in the possibility that it will actually occur, I noticed something happening: during moments of frustration and discouragement, a sense of hope arose unbidden. Reflecting on this, something else surfaced: joy. Joy is…

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Hope in the Midst of Advent

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https://eirenicole.com/wp-content/uploads/ep204-Hope-in-the-Midst-of-Advent.m4a   Advent is an arrival or coming, particularly one that is anticipated, long awaited. The advent season is certainly one of anticipation and the very clear knowledge that something is coming . . . and soon. But doesn’t it tend to be more that of Christmas concerts, office parties, and end-of-semester papers and finals;…

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Advent – Anticipate With

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Make Advent meaningful. Anticipate the celebration of Emmanuel’s birth with another. Designed to guide you into personal, centering prayer during the Advent season, and intentional prayer for a young person (or anyone, really!) Download the pdf document to share and write in, or link to the eBook version. Start today! It is 4 weeks until…

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Light and Love

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We believe each other into being. ~Jennifer Michael Hecht Last night we lit the Menorah candles for the last night of Chanukah. We are not ethnically Jewish nor do we claim Judaism as our faith heritage. We do, however, deeply appreciate the rich traditions that do stem from our Christian faith tradition. My second oldest,…

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Joy and Radiance

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Look to God and be radiant. The Dark Night of the Soul, the love poem of St. John of the Cross, beautifully describes an encounter with Jesus at a most dark moment in his life. It was only in the darkest place that the light of God’s love became visible, with more radiance than he…

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Standing Still – Advent Peace

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Peace occurs when time and space are suspended. I do not mean an escape from reality. Rather, peace comes when what looks and feels like reality—the unrelenting rush of time transporting me, helpless to obey—is revealed for what it is: an illusion. The thunder in the wind that rushes past as I wonder at the…

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Giving Tuesday – Advent

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#unselfie #givingtuesday #givehope This week we lit the first candle of the Advent wreath: the Hope candle. A fitting focus for giving Tuesday. Give hope by giving back, and give back by giving of yourself! The first candle of the Advent wreath symbolizes the hope that Jesus’ life birthed into our reality. As image bearers,…

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Joy and Affliction

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In this third week of Advent we are reminded of the joy that comes with understanding the significance of Jesus’ birth. It is with a fair bit of disorientation, however, that I approach this meditation as the week has issued circumstances that are far from joyful: An Aunt who is close to death; a beautiful,…

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