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  • The Wise Woman of Abel

      I clutch my shawl around my head and neck with one hand, and shade my eyes with the other. All around me in the street, people walk quickly, speak in hushed tones, and glance over their shoulders. My eyes squint and meet those of a small boy, not yet old enough to understand what […]

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  • Ashes on My Heart

    I was in grade-school the first time I saw someone with ashes swept neatly in the shape of a cross on their forehead. I grew up attending a small, private Episcopal school. Each year we were given the opportunity to participate in an Ash-Wednesday service where we would be blessed with a little black mark […]

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  • An Open-Door Advent

    “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.” (1 Timothy 1:15) I’ve been meditating on this verse as Advent is now upon us. I’ve lit a candle and placed in on my kitchen table to remind me of […]