Tag: advent

Growing Grace Podcast: The Longest Night

What if you could step outside your door and find a space for connection with yourself and God — a time apart to center your soul and renew your spirit. This podcast invites listeners to get out of their heads and out into nature… Continue Reading “Growing Grace Podcast: The Longest Night”

here I am, let it be with me

Mary is my girl. I’ve been sitting with her during Christmas for years now, and each Advent season, I come to learn more about God, her and myself through her story. I’ve preached on Mary as the pregnant teenager in my high school homeroom,… Continue Reading “here I am, let it be with me”

“When I entered the cave hoping for a glimpse of celestial brightness, it never occurred to me that it might be so small. But here it is, not much bigger than a mustard seed—everything I need to remember how much my set ideas get… Continue Reading “”

preparing for the longest night

As we prepare for the longest night of the year, I’ve been reflecting Darkness and the journeys we take with her.  Whether it’s related to our spiritual, emotional, or physical health, Darkness can feel especially unnerving during a season that is filled with joy… Continue Reading “preparing for the longest night”

the edge of the stable

Yesterday, I spent some time quietly decorating my home for the winter season.  With my parents’ move and my daughter’s independence journeying with me into Advent, I just haven’t felt motivated to prepare my home. Each year, one of my favorite activities is setting… Continue Reading “the edge of the stable”

welcoming Darkness to the table

This Advent season, I have been sitting with longtime companions, Darkness and Light.  As I grow in age, and perhaps wisdom, I’ve begun to appreciate the necessity of both.  I find that in Advent, we sometimes want to “hurry up” Darkness so we can… Continue Reading “welcoming Darkness to the table”

This song has filled the quiet of my home this morning, filling my heart with hope and love.  I am reposting this one today as a new tradition of sorts. Every year, I seem to find a Christmas song or hymn that captures my… Continue Reading “”

the things we carry: songs and sacred spaces

Message for Mary Sunday, contemplative service, December 2, 2018 This week, I have spent some time gazing at various artistic renderings of Mary and Elizabeth and Mary singing the Magnificat hoping to glean some insight as to what Mary was carrying with her in… Continue Reading “the things we carry: songs and sacred spaces”

the longest night

Last night was our Longest Night service at Skyland UMC.  I began the service in 2013 after attending one at another church during a very dark time for my soul.  It was so healing for me at this time of year that I felt… Continue Reading “the longest night”

fill us up with Love

Every year, I seem to find a Christmas song or hymn that captures my spirit and plants a seed of the season in my heart.  For quite some time, the songs seemed to change every year, and as my daughter grew, a new voice… Continue Reading “fill us up with Love”

lessons learned: mindful and unrestrained availability

In my continued efforts to prepare for tiny house living, I recently cleaned out my CD shelves in the living room.  The only CD player I have is in my car so I decided to box up the discs for the used book store. … Continue Reading “lessons learned: mindful and unrestrained availability”

sermon: hope springs eternal (expecting the unexpected)

I wrote this sermon at 4pm yesterday and shared its message this morning.  It was not my original sermon, but when the Holy Spirit moves, you know it’s not an option to ignore it–even if it is 4pm the day before your Sunday to… Continue Reading “sermon: hope springs eternal (expecting the unexpected)”

lessons learned: the mosaic of brokenness and wholeness

This coming Sunday, a dear friend and I will be co-leading a “Longest Night” service.  Designed for healing and peace, this worship opportunity is often offered on the longest night of the year, the night when Darkness wraps her arms around us and holds… Continue Reading “lessons learned: the mosaic of brokenness and wholeness”

what the Muppets teach us about Advent

One of my favorite holiday traditions is the annual viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol.  I have loved the Muppets since childhood, and as an adult, I came to appreciate the gentle lessons they teach us about life.  Through humor, word, and deed, they… Continue Reading “what the Muppets teach us about Advent”

invitation for silence

Some days we just need a gentle reminder to invite in the silence and see what unfolds.  May you take a moment to breathe, pray, or rest in quiet during this season of preparation.

quotes: meditating on hope

In the Christian faith tradition, we have begun to celebrate Advent.  The word “advent” means “the arrival” or “coming into view,” and for us, it is the arrival of a small baby, the Son of God.  During this season, we lift up four four… Continue Reading “quotes: meditating on hope”

the gentle whispers of hope

For many people of faith, the time between November and January includes many different spiritual traditions and holidays.  While I am Christian, my approach during this season is to include themes that are embraced by many faith traditions.  It has always been my prayer… Continue Reading “the gentle whispers of hope”

lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany

Last year when I started my seeds in January, I stumbled across a couple of bulbs that hadn’t made it into the ground.  I filled a tall mason jar with dirt, tossed the bulbs in, and set the jar with the rest of the… Continue Reading “lessons learned: on patient paper whites and epiphany”

what the Muppets can teach us about Advent

One of my favorite holiday traditions is the annual viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol.  I have loved the Muppets since childhood, and as an adult, I came to appreciate the gentle lessons they teach us about life.  Through humor, word, and deed, they… Continue Reading “what the Muppets can teach us about Advent”

love is. . .

I thought I’d repost this one today since we lit the Advent candle for Love yesterday.  ~Cameron When I was little, my grandparents gave me a book entitled “Love Is. . .”  Each page had two little cartoon characters in a scene that illustrated… Continue Reading “love is. . .”

Mary Sunday

Today at our Sanctuary service, we began a new tradition of having Mary Sunday, an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Today, I am posting my sermon for the service which is not the typical growing grace farm blog… Continue Reading “Mary Sunday”

lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love

As we enter the week of the fourth Advent candle, LOVE, I thought I’d go ahead and start posting or reposting some meditations on love to prepare our hearts, minds, and spirits.  I wrote this one almost 2 years ago, and it is still… Continue Reading “lessons learned: prayer peas and thoughts on love”

joy!

Peace is joy at rest, and joy is peace on its feet.  ~Anne Lamott When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.  ~Rumi You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and… Continue Reading “joy!”

quotes: meditating on hope

In the Christian faith tradition, we have begun to celebrate Advent.  The word “advent” means “the arrival” or “coming into view,” and for us, it is the arrival of a small baby, the Son of God.  During this season, we lift up four four… Continue Reading “quotes: meditating on hope”

one more sleep til Christmas

One More Sleep Til Christmas (words by Paul Williams, from The Muppet Christmas Carol) There magic in the air this evening Magic in the air The world is at her best, you know When people love and care The promise of excitement is one… Continue Reading “one more sleep til Christmas”

what the Muppets can teach us about Advent

One of my favorite holiday traditions is the annual viewing of The Muppet Christmas Carol.  I have loved the Muppets since childhood, and as an adult, I came to appreciate the gentle lessons they teach us about life.  Through humor, word, and deed, they… Continue Reading “what the Muppets can teach us about Advent”

you are peace and joy and light

You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher… Continue Reading “you are peace and joy and light”

a piece of peace

As I prepare to go about my work today, may my intention to live life in your present moment be the pattern for this day and my life. With your help, may I forever do only one thing at a time– always in communion… Continue Reading “a piece of peace”

on joy and sorrow

On Joy and Sorrow Then a woman said, “Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.” And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it… Continue Reading “on joy and sorrow”

meditation card: joy

I found this photo last winter when days were dark, and it seemed the light of Spring would never come.  The minute I stumbled up on it, my heart exploded, and I caught myself smiling.  There is something utterly pure and delightful about the… Continue Reading “meditation card: joy”

a simple prayer

In 2006, I began a new path in my faith journey in a time that seemed riddled with challenges and questions.  All at once, it seemed as if God was coming to me from ever direction, and she wasn’t taking “Let’s give it some… Continue Reading “a simple prayer”

when light falls on the creeping jenny: an advent meditation

I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the… Continue Reading “when light falls on the creeping jenny: an advent meditation”

shining the lamps of love in this world

Lamps of Love O Lord, take my ears and hear through them, take my hands and use them, take my lips and speak through them, take my eyes and smile through them, take my heart and mind and will, and use them as lamps… Continue Reading “shining the lamps of love in this world”

quotes: meditating on hope

In the Christian faith tradition, we have begun to celebrate Advent.  The word “advent” means “the arrival” or “coming into view,” and for us, it is the arrival of a small baby, the Son of God.  During this season, we lift up four four… Continue Reading “quotes: meditating on hope”