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My gift to a king

December 22nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In our family, we leave the Christmas tree and decorations up until Epiphany, the feast day celebrating the visitation of the Wise Men to the Christ Child. The irony isn’t wasted on me, that on the day Christ received gifts from the Magi, I decide to close up shop and end Christmas.

I lug up the Christmas storage boxes from the basement. Carefully, I remove ornaments from Christmases past and a few new ones off the tree and tenderly wrap them into tissue paper, placing them safely in small boxes for next year. Read more »

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My soul rejoices through the darkness

December 11th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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My oldest was five when he asked me, “Was it me or Chapman who jumped in our mommy’s tummy when we heard the other mommy’s voice?” His friend’s mother and I were pregnant with them at the same time.

“Ummm, that was John the Baptist when he heard the voice of Mary, the mother of Jesus.” I answered.

“Oh yeah. I thought it was me.” He replied, shrugging off the mix-up, returning to his coloring book. Read more »

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