Epiphany is already upon us So I present to you the Epiphany Podcast, everything you need to know…or at least some of it.
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I just wanted to share these powerful words from a my friend David Dault, host of “Things Not Seen”. Let these words lead you into the heart of the Christmas story. Thank you David for writing so beautifully.
“Somewhere, this weekend, in a forgotten corner of your city, Mary and Joseph have just arrived in town. They are hungry, and exhausted, and they’re looking desperately for a place to sleep.
If you have money in your pockets this Christmas, congratulations. You are one of the Magi.
If you have a spare room to offer, congratulations. You are the Innkeeper.
If you have nothing but a kind word to speak, congratulations. You are a heralding angel.
The story of Christmas isn’t complete until you figure out who you are — in relation to the family that is lost in your city and in great need — and play your part.”
Author and Host Of “Things Not Seen”
https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mba4j-7f0668Voices In My Head Podcast Episode 244: Chanukah with Rabbi Cary Kozberg
Podcast Now available of Spotify:
Cary Kozberg currently serves as Rabbi at Temple Sholom Springfield Ohio and as the Jewish chaplain at Kensington Place in Columbus, Ohio. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of spirituality and aging and is principal/owner of Side by Side: Life Transitions Coaching for the Later Years, offering pastoral and spiritual help to older adults and their families.
On this special episode of Voices In My Head we talk about a number of Hanukkah related questions, including:
- What does the holiday of Chanukah celebrate?
- How is it spelled, Chanukah or Hanukkah?
- What does the word Chanukah mean?
- Why does the date of Chanukah seem to change each year?
- How is Chanukah celebrated?
- Is Chanukah a major Jewish holiday?
- Is it mandatory to give gifts on Chanukah?
- What is a Dreidel?
- In what order do we light the candles?
- …and believe it or not…The Lord’s Prayer
“Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. During Advent we “wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ,” in the phrase used each week in the Catholic Mass. Advent is about Jesus’ coming; even the word advent means “coming.” We celebrate the threefold coming of Jesus. We remember His coming in the past as a baby in Bethlehem, born to redeem the world. We are thankful for His coming into our hearts in the present, as we make more and more of our lives available to Him, to be used as He wishes. And we look forward joyfully to His Second Coming at the end of time when all people shall be judged and all creation shall be purified and perfected.
The Christmas story is, simply put, the most beautiful story in the world. The four lovely weeks of Advent allow us to take this story out each year and examine it. Like a jewel that sparkles in different colors when it is held up to the light and rotated, Advent lets us see the Christmas story from different angles. We sense the longing of the prophets who foretold Christ; our hearts wonder with Mary, rejoice with Elizabeth, empathize with Joseph, and thrill with the shepherds.
Advent reminds us, too, that while Christmas was glorious, it was human sinfulness and estrangement from God that made it necessary for Jesus to come to earth. So we are reminded of our spiritual lives, and of our need to be found walking in righteousness when He comes again in glory. Mostly Advent gives us a chance to remember and pay homage to the most beautiful part of the Christmas story: the incomparable, miracle-working, ardent, relational, self-sacrificing love of God for the people of the world.”
Yours Is the Day, Lord, Yours Is the Night: A Morning and Evening Prayer Book
Jeanie Gushee and David Gushee
I want to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.
Because I am thankful for you I want to let you know that “Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations” is available for free this week on Noisetrade.
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After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in the territory of Judea during the rule of King Herod, magi came from the east to Jerusalem. They asked, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.” When King Herod heard this, he was troubled, […]
via Christmas: Herod in Trouble — A Peculiar Prophet
I came across this wonderful Christmas story on NPR and wanted to share it with you. It’s worth taking a few minutes to listen.
Commentator Bill Harley was a great saver, but he had a lot to learn about spending. As a young boy, he discovered the true spirit of giving.