It’s the end of Advent, which means it’s Christmas. This was a week in which many people online were writing about Advent and Christmas in prose, poetry, song and video. I’m also going to do something I haven’t done before, and will not likely do again – include something I wrote, “Unseen Christmas Presents” at The High Calling. I include it because it’s not about me but about a special group of other people who deserve recognition.
It was a good week, and Sunday’s coming.
“Wanting More” by Jay Cookingham at Soulfari.
“Advent 4: Love” by Tony Maude at Grappling with Grace.
“Writing in the Barn” by L.L. Barkat at Seedlings in Stone.
“Leaders: Time to Affirm Work Well Done” by Bradley Moore at Shrinking the Camel.
“Endless silent night” by Doug Spurling at Spurling Silver.
“Behold” by Billy Coffey at What I Learned Today.
"The Communicator's Prayer" from the Oxford Book of Prayer, via David Murray at Vital Speeches.
“Does Santa Believe in Jesus?” by Jennifer Dukes-Lee at Getting Down with Jesus.
“A Rag Doll for Leah” by Louise Gallagher at Recover Your Joy.
“Advent Journal: Innkeepers” by Milton Brasher-Cunningham at Don’t Eat Alone.
“In the Absence of You” by Louise Gallagher at Recover Your Joy.
“Donald Hall” by D.S. Martin at Kingdom Poets.
“I missed a week of Advent” by Jim Schmotzer at Faithful Skeptic.
“Touched” by Pete Marshall.
“A Strange Advent” by Diana Trautwein at Just Wondering.
“Grenada” by Claire Burge.
“And” by Brian Miller at WayStationOne.
“Simple Ways” by Nancy Rosback at A Little Somethin’.
“This Day” by Karen Eck at Karenee Art.
Paintings and Photographs
“Connected to This Place” by Sandra Heska King.
“As If a Dream” by Susan Etole at Just…A Moment.
“Columbia,” oil on canvas by Randall David Tipton at Painter’s Process.
“The Crown” by Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.
“Isolated” by Claire Burge.
“The Christmas Song” by Tony DeSare.
“Pie Jesu” by Sarah Brightman.
“Motets and stuff” by Bird Dog at Maggie’s Farm.
Painting: Christmas Night (Blessing of the Oxen). Indianapolis Art Museum.