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Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

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7:43p
[Seventh Day of Christmas]
Mon. Dec. 31, 2012
Take pen in hand. Let God write you a love letter, a warning, a birth announcement.

-from Molly's Advent calendar ["Advent and Christmas 2012: Incarnation"]
I didn't leave the house today, and it is unfortunately true that snow accumulation disincentives me from biking, but seeing the snow in the driveway from the kitchen window is a nice winter thing.

At Coffee Hour on Sunday, Lisa C. mentioned missing book study, and I said Bobby had done lectio divina before Sunday morning service during Advent and we always do a Wednesday night Lenten thing, so we're unlikely to try to fit anything in between now and Lent, since that starts in late February/early March, though I didn't know offhand when exactly Lent starts this year. I looked it up while on the phone with Ari tonight and wow, Ash Wednesday is in like a month (Feb. 13).

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"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]
12Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never be in darkness but will have the light of life.”

13Then the Pharisees said to Jesus, “You are testifying on your own behalf; your testimony is not valid.”

14Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid because I know where I have come from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15You judge by human standards; I judge no one. 16Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is valid; for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Divine Parent who sent me. 17In your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is valid. 18I testify on my own behalf, and the Divine Parent who sent me testifies on my behalf.”

19Then they said to Jesus, “Where is your Divine Parent?”

Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Divine Parent. If you knew me, you would know my Divine Parent also.”

-John 8:12-19, NRSV, alt.
RCL: December 31, Year C
John 8:12-19
I am the light
(Though The Inclusive Bible notes: "John 7:53-8:11 is not fond in most of the manuscripts.")
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8:02p
[Eighth Day of Christmas]
Tues. Jan. 1, 2013

bff Shared this on my fb Timeline, commenting "Relevant to ALL THE THINGS (incarnation, that which Christ has not assumed...)":
Dear Human: You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return. You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often. You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering.
Googling adds:
But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.

Love in truth doesn't need any adjectives.
It doesn't require modifiers.
It doesn't require the condition of perfection.

It only asks you to show up.
And do your best.
That you stay present and feel fully.
That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU.

It's enough.

It's Plenty.

-Courtney A. Walsh
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"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]
YHWH God said to Moses, "Tell Aaron and Aaron's heirs: This is how you will bless the Israelites. Say to them,
'May YHWH bless you and keep you!
May YHWH's face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!
May YHWH look kindly upon you, and give you peace!'
"Thus will they invoke my Name over the Israelites, and then I myself will bless them!"
-Numbers 6:22-27, The Inclusive Bible, alt.
RCL, Year C: January 1 -- Holy Name of Jesus (Mary, Mother of God)
Numbers 6:22-27
The Aaronic blessing
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