Category Archives: holiday

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Reclaiming Mother’s Day

It’s always been awkward for me as a pastor to talk about Mother’s Day. But I keep getting drawn to it, I still feel moved to relate to it. I was in foster care from five to eleven. I have not met my birth mother

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Room at the Table – A Thanksgiving Reflection

As a child, I remember Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners in our home were always a big production. This was the time of year when mom and dad would pull the extra table leaves out of storage and magically make the dining room table two-sizes bigger

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The Christmas Fraud

I want to share this obvious observation: Even if there were some remote chance I could become pope … they would never let me. The reason is simple and it is not because of my progressive views of Christian theology, or the fact that I

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Can You Hear It?

While Jacob sat patting his young pup, his mother finished serving several portions of the evening meal into a large covered dish, and added a bag containing bread for all those who watched that night. It would be his job to take these meals to

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Tis the Season of More Mythology

The Norman Rockwell American Thanksgiving is a feast of mythology about pilgrims and Indians sitting down like buddies giving thanks to the Christian god for a successful harvest. Add the picture of the perfect American family, every member home for the holiday, sitting down together

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Sharing the Table

I know it is the time for the all important holidays. You know the ones I’m talking about. Thanksgiving and Christmas to mention the two that stands out in my mind. I think of those holidays fondly for many reasons. One of the most important

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A Star at Chanukah – Star of Light

Sarah carefully brushed the hair of Esther, her favourite doll, before placing her on a cushion close by the comfortable armchair. Moshe turned from the window and called, “Grandfather is here!” The twins glowed with excitement as they heard those familiar footsteps coming toward them.

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Christmas: What’s In It For Us?

It is so easy to go blind and deaf at Christmas. Blinded by garish lights, “sale” signs and mobs of anxious, cranky shoppers. Deafened by tinny renditions of “Rudolph” and “Frosty,” not to mention the sweet strains of “Silent Night” from the automotive department of

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And Lo, A Star Shone in the East

Once upon a time, or so the story goes, in a land far away, lived a nation of people very different from us. Their appearance was different, as were their customs and clothing. And they had no idea of the one true God. Among the