6th Day of Advent

6.) December 4, 2020  Jacob  Gen 28:12-15 Then he had a dream: a stairway rested on the ground, with its top reaching to the heavens; and God’s angels were going up and down on it. And there was the LORD standing beside him and saying: I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father …

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5th Day of Advent

5.) December 3, 2020  Isaac  Gen 22: 2-8 Then God said: Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There offer him up as a burnt offering on one of the heights that I will point out to you. Early the next morning Abraham saddled his …

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4th Day of Advent 2020

4.) December 2, 2020  Abraham and Sarah  Gen 15: 4-5, 17: 6-7, 18:1, 9-10a Then the word of the LORD came to him: No, that one will not be your heir; your own offspring will be your heir. He took him outside and said: Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you …

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3rd Day of Advent 2020

3.) December 1, 2020  Noah  Gen 9:8-15 God said to Noah and to his sons with him: See, I am now establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you: the birds, the tame animals, and all the wild animals that were with you—all that …

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2nd Day of Advent 2020

2.) November 30, 2020  Adam and Eve  Gen 3:15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; they will strike at your head, while you strike at their heel. (This is considered to be the first promise of salvation) The snake was so persuasive. Softly and smoothly he …

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1st Day of Advent 2020

1.) November 29, 2020  Creation  Gen 1:1-4a In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters  then God said: Let there be light, and there was light. God saw that the light …

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Early Christmas Tree

By a beaver dam I saw you Perfectly formed Standing alone Tiny, yet grown Waiting to be adorned Stature so true Along the stream I gathered Flowers in seed Gossamer garlands Leaves like star hands Simplicity my creed Raw beauty mattered Reflected in the stream surely Standing proudly Humbly festooned My tree says soon We’ll …

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Skeletons of Summer

Look at the changes as Nature prepares to slumber. You’ll see Skeletons everywhere. They remind us of how death is a major part of life. Rest well, and be ready for re-birth. Ever notice how bare trees look like skeletons? In a Winter’s wind is the Dance Macabre. Are they animated by the residual warmth …

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Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree

Jesse Tree The Jesse Tree is tool for preparation for Christmas. The name comes from Jesse of Bethlehem, King David’s father, and the quote from Isaiah 11:1, “… a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,” which foretells the coming of the Messiah. The beginning of Matthew’s and Luke’s gospels mentions both Jesse and …

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Having cast off emerald garments Trees shamelessly flaunt their nakedness Swaying in the ever colder winds Of November Imparting scanty warmth to upturned faces and Golden kisses upon Queen Anne’s Lace Slanted sunlight throws the long shadows Of November Standing as sentry at field’s edges Lone cornstalks mourn fallen comrades Twisted and mangled on the …

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