Category Archives: Christmas

The Longest Night

Advent reflection for the Longest Night service at Trinity Episcopal Church December 16, 2017 The Longest Night service at Trinity Church in Houston takes place on the Saturday evening closest to the winter solstice during Advent. We gather together in … Continue reading


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The Loveliest Night

Two nights ago, we celebrated Christmas Eve.  I think this may be the loveliest night of the year.  The lovely carols, the lovely poinsettias, the lovely candlelight. When the church lights are slowly dimmed and the flame passes from person … Continue reading

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Waiting for Peace

This year I had the opportunity to travel to the Holy Land with my family and friends from our church.  I knew I would enjoy the trip.  I had no idea how much my spirit would be touched.  I am … Continue reading

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This Moment

This moment When the world is Jingling with carols Sparkling with tinsel Shining with ribbons Overflowing with anticipation This moment When our Hearts long for loved ones Souls ache for our wounded world Minds spin with frustration Bodies throb with … Continue reading

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Today is Epiphany, the day celebrated in many Christian traditions as the occasion of the Magi, or the “Three Wise Men”, finding baby Jesus.  We are taught that they followed a bright star in the sky to the baby.  Last … Continue reading

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Grace upon Grace

“But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.”  Luke’s second chapter, read last night at church, suggests that Christmas Eve is the most tender night of the year.  Anyone who has given birth–to a child, to … Continue reading

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The Day Before The Day Before Christmas

This year my work winter holidays are December 23 and 24. I can’t remember ever having had December 23 off from work before. This year, my holiday bears an opportunity to actually prepare for Christmas at a more leisurely pace … Continue reading

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Spool Man

And speaking of apparent grace, I made this spool man in kindergarten, way back when spools were wooden.  My mom hung it on the Christmas tree every year, and now I hang it on our Christmas tree.  You can see … Continue reading

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God Sings All the Time

Now this is a true story.  About a week ago, I was driving to work and thinking about Christmas plans.  I suddenly remembered a song from one of the “Great Songs of Christmas” record albums from the 1960’s, the kind … Continue reading

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