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Standing Still – Advent Peace

Standing Still – Advent Peace 150 150 Nicole

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

Giving Tuesday – Advent 150 150 Nicole

#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

Joy and Affliction 150 150 Nicole

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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Poor Worm, Listen

Poor Worm, Listen 150 150 Nicole

Image of an etching by artist William Strutt in 1896. Isaiah 11:6,7: The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down…

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Peace and the Amplituhedron

Peace and the Amplituhedron 150 150 Nicole

After our first Sunday of Advent conversation, Lysander and I continued to wonder at the implications of God’s creative intention in the beginning: What if we have always had the ability to do magic, but God hid the knowledge of it from us because God knew we would not use it with an understanding of…

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Hope: Holding Together

Hope: Holding Together 150 150 Nicole

The key is hope, by, Greer Snyder On Sunday, the first of Advent, our family sat at the dinner table after church for a meal. I was still trying to assemble our Advent wreath while we talked about the meaning of lighting the first candle: hope. We began discussing the reasons Jesus came to be…

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