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Advent Reflection from the Moderator

2017-11-29T12:16:44-04:00November 29th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Recently, while reflecting on the Christmas carol, “Away in a manger,” I did a rant in my head about the line – “little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.” My thoughts went like this, “Of course he cried, he was a human baby, human babies cry. Cry to be held, [...]

The Moon of Winter Time

2019-03-01T09:35:59-04:00November 28th, 2016|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , |

Translation is an act of hope. We believe that a story can leap between contexts and cultures and from one language into another.  To translate is to trust that truth will travel with you. Let’s begin this Advent journey with translation. And let’s take Jean de Brébeuf as our guide. [...]

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Sisters Together

2015-12-14T17:42:48-04:00December 14th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Miscellaneous, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , |

Today, I stood in the rainy school playground with a Bangladeshi mum. Like me, she stands there everyday, waiting with a small boy for her older two children to emerge. In between toddler chasing, we chat. About grocery shopping. About the weather. About school breaks and growing kids. I told [...]

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Always Christmas, never winter

2015-12-11T04:03:26-04:00December 11th, 2015|Categories: Passionately His|Tags: , , |

Last week, I wrote about waiting. We all find it hard, being used to getting what we want when we want it. But waiting, along with being a reality of life (and of Advent!), is a spiritual discipline. Among the fruit of the Spirit, according to the apostle Paul in [...]

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2015-12-07T17:22:22-04:00December 7th, 2015|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , |

I’ve been thinking about my Granny this week. It was her birthday a couple of days ago and I told my kids so they kept breaking into loud Happy Birthday, which felt a little strange to me. They know about her through stories and photographs but they didn’t know her. [...]

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2015-12-04T07:57:41-04:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Passionately His|Tags: , , |

Advent is a season of waiting. And we live in a time when we’re not really used to waiting, so it can be very hard for us. I don’t know if your childhood experience was like mine, but when I was a kid, seeing all the presents under the tree, [...]

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Selling Candles

2015-11-30T10:06:06-04:00November 30th, 2015|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , , , , , |

  The first candle has been lit and Advent begins. On Sunday night, we set our own advent ring on the table at home and the big kids helped our little Plum count the spaces until Christmas. Three more candles, six more cards to decorate. It will be a month [...]

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The Oldest Doors in Europe

2015-11-23T18:38:24-04:00November 23rd, 2015|Categories: The Messy Table|Tags: , |

I propose a simple advent. For each week, I will offer one song and one image here on the Messy Table. May these be useful to you in this season of waiting. The Song: Jeremiah 33 Jeremiah sings as Nebuchadnezzar’s armies approach. The people of Jerusalem are used to his songs. [...]

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Needing Advent

2015-11-16T17:22:59-04:00November 16th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, The Messy Table|Tags: , , , |

  Beangirl came home from school today, talking about the moment of silence they held for the people of Paris. Blue said he knew something terrible had happened, but he didn’t know what. Plum and I have been listening to French internet radio, and the playlists were filled with sad [...]

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