One Good Thing Every Day: December 1, 2013

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Lamentations 3:25-26 NIV

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
    to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
    for the salvation of the Lord.

On this first Sunday of Advent, my family just completed our yearly tradition of lighting our Advent wreath. The first candle represents “hope,” and it is the one lighted each subsequent week. This candle’s sides are the most curled, its wick the shortest of the five. Perhaps hope works the hardest to endure the waiting. Hope is embodied when any child makes a Christmas list, wakes early on Saturdays to do extra chores, picks out “the best Christmas tree ever,” asks over and over when the decorating begins, and shakes each gift with anticipation.

Hope sheds the first light on first day of every journey toward the manger. But alone, its light only extends so far. Hope does its best work…

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When you lose your voice



November 2013 has been the month where, unlike any other, I have battled with my voice.  I’ve lost it as a result of a cold a few times before, but never as frequently and for so long as I have this month.  I was without it for nearly two weeks between a concert and a cold.  I JUST had it back last week…… but…. it’s gone again.  Well, I have half of it.  I got another cold.  I’m a victim of working in an elementary school with little little kids.

The thing is… my voice is really important to me.  It’s hard to teach with no voice.

Even bigger than that, though…. I sing.  As often as I can.  All the time.  In the car, in the shower, at church, at school, while cleaning.  Whenever I can.

This morning at church, my step Dad leaned over during worship and whispered…

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