Advent 2017

Readings: Psalm 27; Malachi 2:10 – 3:1; Luke 1:5-17

Planets spin us back in time

where stars wink silently on a non descript stable,

dank and cold.

Reality before perception:

as on Christmas cards all glitter and light,

Mary, child-woman,

holding the “breath of heaven” within her being

cannot fathom that same breath

rippling into time and space

thousands of years henceforth.

All creation waits.


And in one great exhalation


that the promise still holds.

That as the shepherds, we too will look in awe,

songs of wonder and praise

filling our ears and hearts.

In the land of the living

the very same stars will illuminate

The Word fulfilled,

God among us,

In the peace and beauty of holiness.


I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord

in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13

Offered by Debbie Hill, artist, musician, seeker of the Christ Child.

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I am a Christian educator and writer.I have worked in churches, denominational offices, and seminaries. I have a PhD in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, with a focus on Practical Theology and educating in faith. In 2010, my book, "How the Other Half Lives: the challenges facing clergy spouses and partners," was published by Pilgrim Press. I believe that words can build doorways that lead to encounters with God through the Spirit.

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