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All posts tagged Karen Whiting

Advent, Waiting and Childhood

Advent

I’d never heard of Advent during my childhood. I knew about waiting for Christmas, but not that the month of December encompassed Advent. Advent, of course, is all about waiting for the coming of Christ into the world. A recent article by Eric Metaxas, does a fine job of exploring Too Much Christmas, Too Little Advent? […]

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One Candle for Advent Hope

Advent Hope

We lit one candle for Advent Hope last Sunday. The Advent hope candle also is known as the prophecy candle which looks forward to Jesus’ birth. But what is Advent? The word is a shortened form of adventus Domini, meaning “the coming of the Lord.” As a season in the liturgical church year (vestments are […]

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Insomnia and Prayer

insomnia

I’ve connected insomnia and prayer for years. But I’m getting tired of it. Long ago, I heard some sage person comment, “if you can’t sleep at night, pray. The devil doesn’t like it and he’ll stop harassing you so you can fall asleep.” I tried it. Often. I haven’t found the saying to be true. After […]

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Six Keys to writing Christian Devotionals

How do authors write Christian devotionals? Obviously, the earliest writers like Theresa of Avila wrote under compulsion from God–in her case out of her mysticism. Writers want to share what God has put on their hearts, or because they have wisdom to help others deepen their relationships to God. I recently spoke with four contemporary devotional […]

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