Be Yourself

by Paul Hettinga Recently I was visiting my ailing 92 year old mother and as I was getting ready to leave, she grabbed my hand pulling me down close to her face. Staring directly into my eyes she said “Paul, go and be yourself – that’s enough!” With this simple...

Las Posadas

by Doug Wysockey-Johnson Las Posadas is a tradition celebrated in the days before Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries. Posada literally means ‘lodging’ or ‘inn.’ Las Posadas then is the re-enactment of Mary and Joseph’s journey as they go house to house looking...

From out of the Chaos, Joy

by Lauren Van Ham Joy is the echo of God’s life in us. ~ Abbot Columba Marmion In thy presence is fullness of joy. ~ Psalms 16:11 I live across the street from the police station, in Berkeley, California. Last week, for a string of nights the, “I Can’t Breathe”...

A Furry Advent Guide

by Tom Pappas One of our cats, Winnie, is a sunlight square evangelist. There is no mixed message when she wants you to come along to rub her belly while she sprawls in the warm brightness. She also enjoys those patches of sun in feline solitude. (Full disclosure:...

Prayer for the Greening Of Love

by Angier Brock Last summer, a friend who is a composer asked if I would make a new translation for her of a 19th- century Austrian carol, “Still, Still, Still.” Other English translations are readily available; you may know or have recordings of them. However, they...