Advent Wreaths

About the Advent Wreath The Advent wreath originated among German Lutherans in the sixteenth century. However, it was not until three centuries later that the modern Advent wreath took shape, thanks to German protestant pastor Johann Hinrich Wichern (1808-1881). Along with Wichern’s wreath came the tradition of lighting candles during the Advent worship services.  The… Continue reading Advent Wreaths

Advent

ADVENT. [ˈadˌvent] (noun). Old English, from the Latin adventus ‘arrival’ and from advenire, from ad- ‘to’ + venire ‘come’. Synonyms: arrival, birth, approach, nearing. For Christians, Advent is a time spent preparing for Christmas. For many of us, this can include decorating our homes, putting up a Christmas tree, creating an Advent calendar, writing Christmas… Continue reading Advent

Somehow Not Only for Christmas

Somehow not only for ChristmasBut all the long year through,The joy that you give to othersIs the joy that comes back to you.And the more you spend in blessingThe poor and lonely and sad,The more of your heart’s possessingReturns to make you glad.JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER AVAILABLE NOW ON AMAZON. Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash.com… Continue reading Somehow Not Only for Christmas

Excerpt from New Book: Wondrous Light

I received my hardcover of Wondrous Light yesterday. It looks like a coffee table book. I thought I'd share an excerpt from the book today to give you a taste of what's inside this 140-page book. Photo by Moody Walk on Unsplash.com Candle Light By Lisa Veitenhans The afternoon sun fades shadows to shadows No electricity to… Continue reading Excerpt from New Book: Wondrous Light

New Book “Wondrous Light”

Wondrous Light Through Advent & Christmas I’m excited to tell you about my latest project: a book. As editor-in-chief, I curated the collection, helped to edit the comet, and designed the entire book. Are you longing to reconnect with the true spirit and spirituality of Christmas? Through reflections from the Revised Standard Lectionary Bible verses, creative… Continue reading New Book “Wondrous Light”