Five Minutes at a Time

Last year I read Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love. Near the end of the book, the main character, Rabih, takes a picture: “Wanting to capture this moment, Rabih calls them to gather for a photo, then sets the camera on a rock and runs to get into the shot. He knows that perfect […]

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Christmas Ornaments, Nostalgia, and Regret

December always surprises me with its light. It seems like the world is creeping toward darkness as bright green leaves turn orange and red. Every morning it’s darker, and every evening the darkness falls sooner. Then, one day near December, I walk to my kitchen, and suddenly the quality of the light has changed. It’s […]

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When Christmas is Not Enough

My last post ended with the kind of questions that often become too much for me. Sometimes intentionality can take all the joy out of life, especially for me as an avid rule-follower. So I want to look at the other side of this tension: not just keeping it simple but making Christmas special–magical, even. […]

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When Christmas is Too Much

I love the rhythms of seasons and holidays; I love the anticipation and the “setting aside.” But I’m trying to figure out the tension between making Advent a special time–a unique season– and keeping it simple. Everything starts out all positive on December 1. I love the Christmas music on the radio. I get excited […]

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O Christmas Tree

My Facebook has been flooded with “thankfulness” posts for the past week. And while I love the reminder to be thankful, I also know what it’s like to feel more darkness than joy this time of year. Sometimes you know there are many things to be grateful for, but there are also pains and worries […]

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