Monthly Archives: December 2013

Anticipation

There is nothing like wrapping presents and setting them out under the tree to ramp up the crazy at my house.  Even though most of my boys are fully fledged teenagers (or older!) they still want to pick up the … Continue reading

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Light and Shadow

Every time I think of the word light I think of art. I remember seeing the Rembrandt and Renoir exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago when I was a college student. It’s one thing to see those paintings in a book … Continue reading

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Sweet Memories

Staying at optimum optimism during the Christmas rush can be pretty challenging.  Remaining focused on the deeper meaning of the celebrations that surround this time of year certainly keeps me engrossed on the significance but at the same time, it … Continue reading

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Calm vs. Chaos

Right at this very moment I’m sitting down to write this and I’m hoping for an environment that will allow me to think and concentrate on what I’m writing.  It’s not happening.  There’s something similar to a mosh pit going … Continue reading

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St. Lucia

December 13th marks one of my favorite days, St. Lucia Day.  Here in the United States it goes mostly unnoticed, however, in Sweden, it kicks off the Christmas Season.  It is tradition that the oldest daughter in the house dresses … Continue reading

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Emmanuel

God is referred to with many different names.  God, Yahweh, Lord, Heavenly Father are all common.  But when it’s Advent and Christmas, we most often hear God referred to as Emmanuel.   Definition:  Immanuel or Emmanuel or Imanu’el (Hebrew עִמָּנוּאֵל “God [is] with us” consists of two Hebrew words: אֵל (’El, meaning … Continue reading

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Hibernation

You don’t have to know me very long to know that I love snow.  While most people complain about it, I look forward to it.  I think that snow is full of beauty and opportunity.  I’ve blogged about it a … Continue reading

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Musical Meditation

I am a church musician and part of my responsibilities is to select the music we sing each week.  I have some planning books to help me in the selection.  They suggest a variety of hymns and psalms that relate … Continue reading

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Dedication

Yesterday we celebrated a 90th birthday for my mom’s husband.  90 years!!  Whoa.  After the party we made a couple of stops.  It had started snowing pretty hard and traffic was moving extremely slow on the expressway.  We saw the … Continue reading

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St. Nicholas

Today is December 6th and it is the feast of St. Nicholas, a bishop in the 4th century in what is now modern day Turkey.  He is known for charity and helping those in need.   Definition:  charity (noun) tʃæ rə ti … Continue reading

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