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An Advent Pause for Joy

December 15, 2023
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I’ve been thinking again about the complexity of joy. In the very last line of a reading from the book of Ezra, the historian writes “the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping. And there, I think, we have it, the doorway to joy, the reality…

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Portals to Joy

December 11, 2022
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What if I dive down under the distortion . . . I now know that it’s not only me who doesn’t always enter Advent gracefully.  Perhaps you’ve had your own less than elegant entry.Perhaps there’s been an entry that you’ve missed because it didn’t look the way you imagined Advent pause and practice should, deep…

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An Advent Hymn: new words for a familiar tune

December 7, 2017
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Advent words for Hark the Herald Angels Sing Listen to the angels sing News of coming joy they bring Hopes abandoned are restored In the ever-birthing Word

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Resurrection Riff

April 16, 2017
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Resurrection –  say it softly, as one must after the softening notes go wherever notes go when they no longer sound. The day has gone by for me carrying the Word and the cello’s intensity Resurrection It doesn’t come from nothing It has a past.

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A Contemplative Eastertide

April 9, 2016
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  O Spirit O Silence O Risen One O Gate O Garden O Press of the Grass O Call O Healer O Love Gone Before Us O Breath O Life O Catcher of Tears O Spirit O Silence O Risen One Alleluia!

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The Texture of Joy

April 15, 2015
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The last few weeks I’ve been thinking about texture; especially the texture of joy.  Perhaps I could have chosen a more vivid image, but I am writing about joy from the inside of fatigue.  I was feeling fatigue as a weight and then I imagined what it would be like to just go inside it;…

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