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    A New Year: Tapping Into the Power to Make Real Change

    How many times have we resolved that this year was going to be different?   And then we proceeded to make a list of all the things we were going to do differently, starting January 1, to ensure that things would change this year?  And how many of us have made it to March with these resolves….if we’re lucky?   I want us to think for a few minutes about how 2019 can be different.  Because I believe that it can. I believe we can start the year with purpose and make some lasting changes in our lives.  But that won’t come with a list of resolutions, things we are bound…

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    Messes and Stresses: How Christmas Brings Hope in the Midst of Life

        Christmas- a magical time of year.  At least it is for a lot of people.  But for some people, it can be a struggle to muster up some Christmas spirit.  I fall into that category sometimes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with family and eating way too much food. I love picking out that perfect gift, imagining, my loved one’s face as they open it.  I love the soft glow of the Christmas lights in my living room.  I love the extra generosity that wells up in people this time of year.   But it’s a few days before Christmas, and I’m thinking through what…

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    Little Drummer Boy: How Our Imperfect Efforts Please God

    It’s now the season that Christmas music has shifted onto the scene.  And I may try to fight the onslaught of Christmas carols, at least for a little bit.  But this morning on my way to work, I played my two favorite versions of the traditional carol “Little Drummer Boy”.  The versions are linked below, as well as my reasoning behind why these particular versions are my favorite, but that’s not the point of my writing today.   I started listening to the lyrics.  The song literally is 11 simple sentences and 81 words- that is, outside of the multiple “pa rum pa pump um”s.  As I was listening to…