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17 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 57 - 80) - Richard Franco

Luke 1:57-80 tell the story of the John the Baptist’s birth. I have always been drawn to John the Baptist for two reasons: the first is what his role was in the story of Christianity. And the second, is that my oldest brother, who passed away in 2001, was named after John the Baptist. I want to reflect on each of these a bit. Read more
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16 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 47 - 56) - Emily Regas

This passage, Mary's song, has always intrigued me. In a past Christmas pageant, I was dancing the part of Mary and had to interpret her song into movement. In studying the text, I found many commentaries stating that in this passage Mary possessed a mood of joy. That interpretation ended up influencing my choreography - creating moments of lightness, caring, love, and joy. It wasn’t about telling the story at that point, it was about rejoicing. Read more
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15 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 39 - 46) - Ron Garner

When the call recently went out for St. Georgians to share their thoughts about Advent, I hardly believed it appropriate for me to participate.  By nature I am one whose typical modus operandi is to keep moving forward, not looking back.  I have now, however, come to appreciate the instructive andhealing value of meditation and reflection.  Read more
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14 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1:26-38) - Ulysses Dietz

The Birth of Jesus Foretold “Oh, highly favored lady.” Poor Mary. Imagine, if you will, a virginal teenager, betrothed to an older man (not necessarily an old man, but not a kid), and getting this message from an angel. Yikes. Cognitive dissonance, anyone? Read more
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13 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 20 - 25) - Nina Nicholson

What stands out for me in this passage is the silence and the seclusion. Zechariah is silent, struck mute by the vision in the sanctuary announcing good news he couldn't believe. Then after his wife Elizabeth becomes pregnant in her old age, she chooses to seclude herself even though she believes and rejoices. Read more

12 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Luke 1: 5 - 20) - Amy Cox-Martins

In the above passage Zachariah and his wife are approached by the Arch Angel Gabriel and given a message that would change their lives. Despite Elizabeth's advanced age, Gabriel announces she will have a baby boy. They are to name him John. But when Zachariah doubted this could be true he was told to be silent until the miracle occurs. Read more
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11 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 40: 1- 11) - Sharon McSorley

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God…..”  Read more
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10 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 11: 1 - 9) - Lindsay McHugh

In this passage, quoted from the King James Version of the bible, we read Isaiah’s prophesy of the Messiah’s coming.  Read more
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9 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 60: 1 - 5) - Aleeda Crawley

Sometimes is appears that we are swallowed by darkness; bad news every day from multiple quarters. However, if we take the time to look, there is always a glimmer of love and light somewhere. Read more
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8 DEC - 2017 Advent Meditation (Isaiah 7: 10-15) - Valyrie Laedlein

Wow.  King Ahaz – and presumably we – are given permission, no, actually we’re given a directive, to ask for signs from the Lord our God.  Indeed, it sounds from this passage as if we are most vexing when we fail to ask for such a sign. Read more