Archives For December 2017

Christmas is about magic and wonder and faith. Our traditions give us memories to laugh about, linger over, and cherish. 

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A Letter from Licentia

December 11, 2017 — Leave a comment

My name is Licentia. It means free love, but I am anything but free. I was an embryo of an idea in Eden and have been born and reborn many times throughout history. My most recent manifestation began in the Western Civilization of the 1960s. I was a full-fledged idea before that. But that’s when people started to find it easy to ward off the consequences of my embrace. Or so the people of the day took as gospel; many still do.

“I am harmless,” I preach. “I bring you only pleasure and never pain.” Because of their innate innocence and trust, and because of their desire, they believe me. Continue Reading…

How Much is Enough?

December 7, 2017 — 3 Comments

[G]ive me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, Proverbs 30:8b. 

For five years, I was an English teacher at Grace Prep High School in State College, Pennsylvania.  Every year, the school participates in Air School—learning outside the classroom.  In 2009, Air School consisted of a long weekend in an Amish community in Virginia.

My husband Paul and I and three students stayed with an Amish family—mother, father, and their three remaining, as yet unmarried, children.  Seven other children had grown up, married, and established their own homes, so there was plenty of room for us.

No electrical lighting, no microwave, no television, no radio, (I-pods and phones were verboten to ensure the authentic experience), and no computers.  There was a propane powered hot water tank (Yay!) and we cooked on the woodstove (in May!).  We washed dishes by hand in the sink and dried them with a linen towel.  I tried to milk the goats. Continue Reading…

Advent in Crazy Days

December 4, 2017 — 2 Comments

It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. It can be.

Yesterday’s Communion meditation reminded us to remember Thanksgiving through the Christmas season. Christmas can be a wonderful time if we remember what we’re thankful for instead of listing what frustrates us about the holidays.

Traffic jams and crowded stores and expensive lists of wants and needs.

The key is to remind ourselves of true Christmas and reasons to be thankful.

I look around me and those reasons are plentiful. Continue Reading…