Entries related to: holidays

A Guided Tour through Advent

“Wait for it....” It's a popular phrase along pop-culture landscapes. The problem is nobody likes to wait, and yet waiting is a part of life.
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Facing Grief During the Holidays

“Make a plan.” That’s what I was told when I asked a friend for some advice about facing the holidays after my husband and daughter were killed in a drunken driving accident. I asked the question because I felt completely lost. It was hard to face any day, let alone a holiday. I had no idea how I would manage a season of joy. Pain and confusion were my reality, not happiness. 
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Single Around the Holidays

I’m always drawn in by the hopeful anticipation of Advent. This season of waiting is the perfect metaphor for the single life. What characterizes singlehood more than anything else is that it’s a time of openness, watching, and waiting to respond to God’s presence.
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A Thanksgiving Prayer

During this Thanksgiving week, we’ll surely see a lot of reminders to be thankful for what we have. For many of us, these reminders seem easy to follow. But even if we find it easy to show our gratitude for the blessings we’ve received, it can still be just as easy to fall into some bad habits that prevent us from expressing thanks in the purest way we can. One specific habit that I’ve fallen into without even realizing it is something I call the “All I Want” attitude, and identifying and fighting this habit is helping me develop a deeper sense of gratitude for all the good things in my life. 
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