Monthly Archive: December 2013

Dec 19

Fourth Week of Advent

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Last week I was chatting with a friend about a recent experience I had with my family. (Some of you may have already heard this story at the Tree Lighting and Blessing.) It was the Saturday after Thanksgiving and my wife Carol and I got together with my parents, my brother and his wife. We drove up …

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Dec 16

Third Week of Advent by Lindsay Taft

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As a child, I spent eight years in Catholic grammar school learning day in and day out what it meant to be a child of God. Holiday seasons would come around and the community would gather together to help others and show God’s mercy – but what about the rest of the year? What is …

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Dec 11

Christmas is for Us!

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I was doing a bit of Christmas shopping last week and happened to find myself in the checkout line at a religious bookstore.  As I waited my turn, I happened to notice a particular ornament for sale on a Christmas tree.  The ornament read “Christmas is for Christ.”  I immediately thought to myself:  “That’s wrong!” …

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Dec 09

Second Week of Advent

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Advent is a period of waiting, but what exactly are we waiting for? For many, it may be waiting for the big family Christmas party and could be a stressful time of planning filled with crowded shopping trips. For children, it could be a period of waiting for Santa Clause to come down the chimney …

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Dec 03

Advent – Week 1

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Note:  I’ve invited several members of the GCU community to share Advent reflections.  Since Advent is a season of expectation and longing, I’ve invited each of our guest bloggers to share something of his or her spiritual longing for the Lord.  I hope these posts resonate with your own spiritual longing and help heighten your anticipation for …

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