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Christmas, now

Just a couple of years before he died, Martin Luther preached one of his last Christmas sermons. In it, he challenged his 16thcentury German congregation to bring the nativity into the present moment – the present reality. Martin Luther described … Continue reading

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A Poem from Rainer Maria Rilke

“My eyes already touch the sunny hill Going far ahead of the road I have begun. So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp; It has its inner light, even from a distance — And changes us, even if … Continue reading

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After the holidays ‘Christmas’ begins

A poem written by Howard Thurman former dean of the chapel at Harvard and a Quaker pupil caught my attention today – The Work of Christmas When the star in the sky is gone, When the Kings and Princes are … Continue reading

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Courage and Joy

Last night, the hustle and bustle of getting ready, and anticipating the birth. Last night, the noise, the anxiety, the smelly stable, the animals, the shepherds, the chorus of heaven singing in the starry, silent night. “Joy to the world” … Continue reading

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Marriage: valuing difference

I am an identical twin. Whenever people see my brother and me together, usually the first reaction is to express how similar we look and act. People, it seems, naturally start with what appears to unite us and make us … Continue reading

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