Day 23. Provocative Humility.

“Provocative Humility,” a Christmas message by Mary Pandiani, discusses the intersection of provocation and humility evidenced in the story of Christmas. The piece emphasizes the impact and importance of humility, love, and understanding in human interactions.

22. The Christmas Story.

The First Nations Version of the New Testament tells the story of Mary (Bitter Tears) and Joseph (He Gives Sons) journeying from Nazareth (Seed Planter Village) to Bethlehem (House of Bread) for a census at the orders of the Romans (People of Iron). Unable to find lodging, Mary gives birth to Jesus in a sheep cave. That night, shepherds witnessing a great light see spirit-messengers announcing the birth of the “Chosen One”. They visit Mary and Joseph, then spread the news about the child’s birth.

21. Prince of Peace.

The passage reflects on hope in times of despair, citing Biblical prophecies about the birth of a savior. It prays for relief from modern adversities and anticipates the ushering of peace and justice.

Day 20. Waiting.

Cindy Waple’s Advent-themed prose explores the transition from waiting for (answers, change, healing) to waiting in (Christ, stillness, mystery, love).

Day 19. Waiting Pangs.

John Kiemele reflects on his experience of waiting for God, expressing trust in God’s loving guidance and highlighting how past preparations shape current anticipations. He also welcomes God’s presence in his wait.

Day 18. Permission to Spread Joy.

Julie Lary reflects on her understanding of Advent, transitioning from viewing it as simply a countdown calendar to seeing it as a season granting permission to spread joy.

Day 17. Remember Me.

Wendy Bryant’s workshop piece, “Remember Me”, explores finding strength in brokenness, likening communal healing to a mosaic. It emphasizes finding peace and hope through God’s grace amid trauma.

Day 15. Shepherds.

“Shepherds” is the first part of a trilogy by Kathleen Heppell, telling an embellished tale of how lowly shepherds, on receiving the news of Jesus’s birth by an angel, visit the stable to worship. Remaining joyful despite skepticism, they spread this divine news.

Day 14. Peace.

Sherry Marsden’s poem contemplates finding peace through patience, strength, grace, and self-confidence.

Day 16. Rachel’s Story.

This is part three of a series written by Kathleen Heppell about the Christmas story, told this time from the perspective of the Inn Keeper’s wife, Rachel. The narrative includes Rachel’s experience with the birth of Christ, her personal journey of faith, and the suffering and joy she experiences.

Day 13. A Celtic Christmas.

“A Celtic Christmas” by Tom Cashman tells imagined stories from early Celtic Christian communities during the 5th-11th centuries. The book aims to reclaim and highlight the unique worldview and values of the Celtic Church.

Day 12. Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights.

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah commemorates the Maccabean Revolt and the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It is celebrated with family gatherings, gift-giving, and special foods. The main focus is the lighting of menorahs, reflecting the miracle of the oil lasting eight days.