Lent vs. Valentines Day: Are Sundays a Lenten Loophole?

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By Beth Demme This year there’s a collision of potentially epic proportions between the church calendar and the Hallmark calendar. You may be one of the millions of Christians facing a monumental dilemma this year. Perhaps you, too, feel the impossible strain of culture drawing you away from a longstanding and beloved spiritual practice. Yes, this year Ash Wednesday arrives …

Can I Be Overwhelmed With Joy?

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I’ve had an epiphany! Actually, we’re all having another Epiphany. It’s more than a sudden inspiration; it’s a season on the church calendar. It’s the time of year we celebrate the arrival of the Wise Men. The Wise Men were astrologers. They were star and sky readers. A star led the Wise Men to Jesus, but if you read the …

My Messy Heart is Beautiful

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By Beth Demme My daughter is an artist. She has always had an eye for shape and color and an incredible ability to understand spatial relationships. I find her skills especially amazing because they are so different from my own. Spatial relationships–and all things geometrical–are fairly mysterious to me. I remember feeling utter confusion as a child looking at the …