Posts Tagged ‘Advent photo-a-day


12.10.13 … Advent brings out different sentiments in different people … “A few nights from now, when you stand to sing Silent Night, know that you have done more than just light a candle in a world that is too dark for too many” …

Advent Photo-a-day:


Advent Photo #10: HOLY … I generally think of God and, rarely, people as HOLY, and even more rarely, places. But holy connotes a certain cleanliness and nothing evokes that to me more than a snow. This came today from the CU parent liaison. It makes CU look holy … a word rarely used to describe a large state university, any state university. But this is the home of my middle child and today as he walks into a week of finals, I will see him walking on holy ground … the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isaiah 6:1-5 (NIV)

Isaiah’s Commission

6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

and I thought about this hymn …

 Holy Holy Holy, Christian hymn, Reginald Heber (1783-1826):

 Holy, Holy, Holy is a Christian hymn written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826).[1][2][3] Its lyrics speak specifically on the Trinity,[2][3] having been written for use on Trinity Sunday.[3] John Bacchus Dykes composed the tune Nicaea for this hymn in 1861.[3] It references the Sanctus, which is often called the \”Holy holy holy\” in English. The name is a tribute to the First Council of Nicaea which formalized the doctrine of the trinity in 325.[2][3] The text paraphrases Isaiah 6:1-5.

The hymn is sung in the 1953 film Titanic.[4]


Holy, Holy Holy! Lord God Almighty!

Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

Holy, Holy, Holy! all the saints adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

Cherubim and Seraphim falling down before Thee,

Which wert, and art, and evermore shalt be.

Holy, Holy, Holy! though the darkness hide Thee,

Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see:

Only Thou art holy, there is none beside Thee,

Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise thy name in earth and sky and sea;

Holy, Holy, Holy! Merciful and Mighty!

God in Three Persons, blessed Trinity!

via Holy, Holy, Holy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ken Garfield, Advent editorial:  Made me think …

But all of us can always give more – to feed our neighbors and show the cynics that the church world as a whole is more than fancy sanctuaries and harsh judgments. All this self-righteous talk about sin that turns off so many people to organized religion: Isn’t the biggest sin people going hungry anywhere, much less in a wealthy city like ours, with a sanctuary seemingly on every corner?

Here’s another fact that should bring you to your knees, praying for a response: The Observer’s Mark Price on Friday reported that Loaves & Fishes has suffered a 23 percent drop in local food drives this autumn.

A message to all the churches out there: It’s Advent. Leave room around your manger scene for people to drop off canned goods. Ask your visitors on Christmas Eve (the ones you might not see again until Easter) to bring a few groceries from one of the fancy supermarkets sprouting all over town. A few nights from now, when you stand to sing Silent Night, know that you have done more than just light a candle in a world that is too dark for too many.

Ken Garfield is director of communications at Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

via This Advent, do more to fight darkness than light a candle |

WestJet Christmas Surprise: WestJet Christmas Surprise Will Make You Believe in Santa [VIDEO] … This is a really sweet video. Seriously clever marketing, too!

via ▶ WestJet Christmas Miracle: real-time giving – YouTube.

The more than 150 WestJet employees played the part of Santas elves, gathering personalized presents, wrapping them and delivering them to the Calgary airport before the unsuspecting recipients landed. Upon arrival, the travelers received nothing short of a holiday miracle at baggage claim.The entire event was captured via hidden cameras and turned into an ad mimicking the poem commonly known as The Night Before Christmas.This wasnt WestJets first foray into spreading airport Christmas cheer. Last year, the airline created a Christmas-themed flash mob, complete with dancing elves, in the middle of an airport. The video received almost a half million views, leading the airline to donate flights to a family in need through their community investment program.This year, WestJet will donate flights if the video receives at least 200,000 YouTube views.

via WestJet Christmas Surprise Will Make You Believe in Santa [VIDEO].

good manners, holiday spirit:  From someone on  FB named Jeff Klein … Thank you, You, too!

internet memes, Bah humbug!: As a UGA football fan, this is how I feel about football … Bah Humbug!

Jeff on a shelf,  Elf on the Shelf (A Christmas Tradition):  This made me laugh … very loud!

Jeff on a shelf. For $50 bucks I’ll come to your house and let you pose me in scenes of festive mischievousness. For $500 I’ll leave. — with Elf on the Shelf (A Christmas Tradition).

Barbara Brown Taylor, Bread of Angels, quotes:

“Every day we count on things we cannot see to hold us when we fall. We entrust the weight of our lives to things we cannot prove. By the power of our beliefs, we choose what kind of world we will live in–a porous world, full of glory doors leaking light, or a flat world where everything is exactly what it seems.”

~Barbara Brown Taylor, from Bread of Angels


12.3.13 … Peace be with you … and also with you …

So what does peace mean within the context of Advent?

My Advent photo-a-day prompt was “PEACE” … so I immediately went to my labyrinth walking and from there went to scripture and liturgy … Where does the word “peace” take you?

Advent Photo #3: PEACE


John 14:27 (NIV)

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The Passing of the Peace

By Rev. Rebecca

St. Paul always greeted and closed with the words, “The peace of God be with you” in his pastoral letters. This is an appropriate way to greet fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and so we say, “The peace of the Lord be with you” and respond, “And also with you.” We then pass this greeting of peace to one another. At the passing of the peace we should earnestly desire God’s peace upon each person we greet. The passing of the peace is also a sign of obedience to Jesus’ words that we make peace with one another before offering our gifts at the altar (Matt. 5:23-24).

via The Passing of the Peace.

The name itself makes them seem old. Ancient, really. Like something pre-Christian, something that might be unearthed among long-lost ruins.

But labyrinths – wandering pathways like the one Greek myths say Daedalus devised to imprison the monstrous Minotaur – are in the midst of a modern renewal.

For the last couple of decades, labyrinths based on a medieval model have cropped up at churches, retreats, private homes, even health-care institutions across the country and across Georgia and north metro Atlanta. They’re catching on with the faithful as a way to momentarily escape the distractions of modern life.

Mary Caroline Cravens of Buckhead, president of St. Monica’s Guild at the Cathedral of St. Philip, said she’s found an “amazing release” walking labyrinths. “You feel refreshed. Rejuvenated. Lighter. Calmer,” she said. “I think it’s because you’re leaving whatever burden it was [you brought in with you] in God’s hands.”

via Labyrinths provide peace, focus, release – Reporter Newspapers.

The Serenity Prayer Path

God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;


Taking, as He did, this sinful world

as it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right

if I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

and supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.


Reinhold Niebuhr

And finally, just a few minutes ago, I saw this.  I had a delightful conversation with a kith sister and we talked briefly about the relationships of our children’s generation with religion, noting the spiritual v. religion dichotomy.  This Krista Tippett tweet brought peace into a full circle “if you give a moose a muffin” moment.

Krista Tippett ‏@kristatippett 38s

Spiritual life is reality-based. It can have mystical entry points and destinations. But it is at root about making peace with what is.

via Twitter.

And now on a less serious random note … Just noticed the bobbing gif!

This first version was… surprisingly not awful. But it also was not anything else. The flavors just canceled each other out, and it was bland. So I started over. The second time, I blended some Greek finishing salt (it’s flaky so it crumbles easily) with the potato chips, and instead of the buttermilk, used half & half and fresh Meyer lemon juice to instantly “sour” it. Finally, I added a dollop of actual applesauce to amp up the apple flavor and provide some texture, without too much syrupy sweetness. The result? Cool, creamy but not cloying, and with a little salty crunch from the rim. Success!

I noticed that the ingredients did start to separate after about ten minutes. But hey, latkes don’t taste good cold, either. –E.C. Gladstone

via The Latketini – Bon Appétit.

 American English:

Coastal Southern: Similar to the Piedmont drawl, but with more remnants of Colonial English. Something diagonally across the street is “catty-corner.”

via What dialect do you speak? A map of American English.

Bay Psalm Bookm world’s most expensive printed work,  $14.2m, BBC News:

A tiny book of psalms from 1640 has become the world\’s most expensive printed book as it was auctioned in New York for $14.2m (£8.8m).

The Bay Psalm Book is the first known book to be printed in what is now the United States.

It was published in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by the Puritan leaders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

The book was meant to be a faithful translation into English of the original Hebrew psalms.

But it is not the most expensive book ever – that title goes to a handwritten Leonardo da Vinci notebook which sold for $30.8m in 1994.

via BBC News – Bay Psalm Book is world’s most expensive printed work at $14.2m.

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