Monthly Archives: December 2016

Preacher’s Post: Mindfulness: Grace and Forgiving Yourself

It’s been said, “There is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and nothing you can do to make God love you less”. That is probably the best definition of grace I’ve come across, but I’m not … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Grinch Makes It To Christmas

From Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” “And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: The Unwelcome Guests (Grinches) at Christmas

Monday morning I took off for a bike ride in the Berkeley hills. It was a cool, beautiful morning with a fantastic view from Grizzly Peak Road. I was merrily peddling along, and all of the sudden it was like … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Our Traditions are The Container for Christmas–Not Christmas

We’ve had the Christmas boxes down from the garage rafters the past ten days as Christmas emerges from storage and appears all over the house. Lights and decorations go up, and the mailbox begins to fill with cards and good … Continue reading

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Preacher’s Post: Grinchlike Christmas Expectations

I’ve come to accept that expectations are a part of the Christmas celebration whether I like it or not. It’s not the expectations which can trip me up, it’s whether I hold my expectations and acknowledge the expectations of those … Continue reading

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During our “Healing Group” meeting

  During our “Healing Group” meeting that uses the twelve steps to address what ails us, not just substance abuse, we read about the spiritual companions who are our “balcony people.” While we’re trying to live our lives on the … Continue reading

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Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is a Classic

Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” is a classic. His strategy was to steal everything related to Christmas so the people of Whoville would awaken to find all their hopes for Christmas dashed. But, alas, as the story tells … Continue reading

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