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Advent Photo-a-Day #16: FUMC Denton

PATIENCE

Getting stuck in traffic on the turnpike always requires patience. Luckily, it was just road work causing the backup and the delay was not that long.

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Advent Photo-a-Day #16: Rethink Church

STRONG

This cross in the sanctuary of my hometown church is a metaphor for Jesus in a less-obvious way. A relatively small thing (a person, some wires) can hold something massive (the essence of God, this giant cross).

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Advent Photo-a-Day #15: Rethink Church

REJOICE

Is there anything more glorious than the sight of your house after a long journey away? There was definitely some rejoicing when we arrived home.

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Advent Photo-a-Day #15: FUMC Denton

TRUST

This is my Dad’s car. It got us from Texas to Missouri and back again without a hitch. We put a lot of trust in this baby and it consistently delivers.

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Advent Photo-a-Day #14: Rethink Church

GATHER

Spent more time with my family while in Kansas City. Here’s some of my family gathered in Aunt L and Uncle J’s living room watching Elf. 

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Advent Photo-a-Day #14: FUMC Denton

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TIME

This is how my Grandma looked in the 1950s. Comparing this painting to my present-day Grandma makes my well-aware of how time marches on.  

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Advent Photo-a-Day #13: FUMC Denton

GIFT

Funerals are unexpected gift as they are the catalyst for visiting family. Today we visited my Great-Aunt Roberta (known affectionately as Aunt Bert). Listening to her stories was definitely a gift. Here, she and my Dad are looking at old photo albums.

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Advent Photo-a-Day #13: Rethink Church

JUSTICE

Went to visit my family’s plot at the Platte City Cemetery. My cousin Bradley died in May in a car accident. His ashes were placed in the family plot, triggering the need for a new headstone arrangement. I had not seen the new stone, so my Dad and I went to see it.

Pondering his headstone made me think of the justice of death—27-year-olds can die instantly, while 79-year-olds like my great aunt can deteriorate over a period of years. Death is just (everybody dies) yet terribly unjust as well (how one dies can impact a lot).

Once again, I must point out the irony of coming into contact with death at a time when we’re celebrating a great birth. Hopefully this will be the last of the depressing pictures.

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Advent Photo-a-Day #12: Rethink Church

HOPE

Went to the funeral of my great-aunt in Platte City, Missouri. Going to a funeral is always hard, but especially in a church decorated for Christmas. But staring at the Advent wreath during the service made me think of the circle of life and how Jesus was born and DIED for us. So amidst all those funeral bouquets is a sign of the ultimate life—the life of Jesus via the advent wreath. And that gives me great hope.

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Advent Photo-a-Day #12: FUMC Denton

LIGHT

We went to visit my “third grandma” at her retirement home in Topeka, Kansas. This Christmas tree was out in the main hallway.