Rejoicing in Lost Sheep Found

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Rejoicing in Lost Sheep Found

Rejoicing in Lost Sheep Found

Our Advent observances are well underway, and I am sure that you thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Christmas Market. Of particular interest to me was “The Bethlehem Petting Zoo.” I so enjoyed watching my young friends from St. David’s Episcopal Day School delight in the animals. It all reminded me of the wonderful book my friend The Rev. Geneva Butz wrote in 1988 about her experiences with the Christmas Crèche at Old First Reformed Church at Fourth and Race Streets in Philadelphia. The book is called Christmas Comes Alive! and is full of stories of Geneva’s experiences with the live animals, from the time the farmer dropped them off until Christmas Eve.

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Preparing the Way

Preparing the Way

Preparing our hearts and lives for God to enter in is part of the Christian life in every season. God is always inviting us to prepare some space in our lives for God to come in. It’s part of the wonder of God’s love that God is ready to come into our lives at any time. Yet, God also respects our free will so much that God will only come in when invited or when we take physical steps to make room for God. So, in this season of Advent, we are all called to make a space, to prepare a way, to make some choices about how we are living so God can come in.

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Comforting Books to Foster Faith in Our Children

Comforting Books to Foster Faith in Our Children

It’s been a difficult two years for all of us, including our children. In challenging times, faith can be a source of comfort. These books will help children grow in their faith, a gift they’ll carry with them long after the holiday are over.

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