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Everyday blessings

Rites and rituals connect us with God's love active in our lives

The 7-foot Christmas tree filled the home with a lovely evergreen scent and its lights and ornaments sparkled. Conversation and stories flowed, sprinkled with laughter. An abundance of appetizers and goodies covered the table. Candles scattered throughout the home created a soft glow that made us forget the cold December evening outdoors.

This was Advent — a time of waiting, of preparing for birth. This was also a special night for the expectant mother. Her baby was soon due, so she and her spouse were apprehensive about all that lay before them: the birth and, even more, raising a child well. So on this night friends and family — all of them women — gathered for a blessing of womb and room.


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