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Our First Newsletter and Podcast!

Advent is about beginnings, and we have two new initiatives! FIRST, we have launched a new monthly e-newsletter! We hope this will be a great way to stay in touch and share our latest news, prayer bead designs, and devotions. If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to join our mailing list,… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Four

I intended to post this yesterday, but the day turned out to have a mind of its own. A metal cabinet with a saw – that’s right, a SAW – attached to it fell on top of my son, Matthew, yesterday, leading us to spend the afternoon at an urgent care clinic. Thankfully, he is… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Three

My goodness! Is your Advent season becoming as busy as mine? It is Wednesday and I am just now posting the Litany for week three. My apologies! But this is certainly the nature of the season for so many of us. All the more reason to be still! With last week’s Litany we experienced the… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week Two

Over the past few years there has been a lot of talk about how people greet each other at this time of year. There is Team “Happy Holidays” and Team “Merry Christmas.” Unfortunately, no one seems to be on Team “Advent Blessings.” This is partly because it just doesn’t have a catchy (or commercial) ring… Continue Reading

Using Prayer Beads with The Upper Room Advent Litany: Week One

Happy New Year! Blessings on this first day of Advent, the first day of our church year. I love that the church calendar begins before the civil calendar. It puts the idea of “New Year’s resolutions” in a whole new light: whatever we pledge to do, let it be grounded in the name of Jesus,… Continue Reading

Be Still: An Advent Litany for Prayer Beads

Two weeks from now we will celebrate the beginning of Advent. I’m posting this early to give folks time to prepare and (gather their prayer beads).  I had the pleasure of writing the Advent Litany for the current issue of The Upper Room. This was thrilling for a number of reasons: the first time I… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: O Come, O Come

Yesterday was the anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. I remember vividly the desperate pain, the absolute devastation of that day. I know everyone does. There is no way to forget the images and stories from that day. The other thing I remember is writing the Advent prayer bead… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Advent and Silence

We are long overdue for a new prayer bead devotion! So, I thought it was fitting to have a new one today, on this first day of Advent 2013. This morning we sang “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence.” It has been a long time since I’ve sung this hymn, and I must admit, even… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Gift of Stillness

(If you are just joining us, please refer to the blog post for the first week of Advent for background on this post.) For the first week of Advent we took time to be still and affirm God’s presence in our midst. During the second, we were still long enough to go even further, recognizing… Continue Reading