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Jessica Snell is a writer and a mom of four who makes her home in sunny Southern California. She loves celebrating the traditional Christian feasts and fasts, and helping others to do the same!

She’s the editor of "Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home", which takes the reader through all the seasons of the Christian liturgical calendar, from Advent to Ordinary Time. Broken down into specific sections like History, Traditions, In the Kitchen, Ideas, and Resources, "Let Us Keep the Feast" is an easy, interesting read full of simple traditions and the rich meanings behind them.

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My mother read me Madeleine L'Engle's wonderful "Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas" when I was little, and that was…more
Thank you for the question, Gail!

My mother read me Madeleine L'Engle's wonderful "Twenty-Four Days Before Christmas" when I was little, and that was my first hint that there was a different (and wonderful) way of thinking about time.

Later still, I became an Anglican, and learned that there was more to the church year than Advent and Easter. I thought I fell in love with the church year then, but I *really* fell for it when I became a mom, and realized that the church year provided the perfect structure for introducing my toddlers to the whole of the gospel.
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This past week, a pair of things happened that made me sit up and take notice.

They were a pair of meals: one was a family meal, and one was a meal at church.

Both meals stood out because of their delightfulness. They were both normal meals in most outward respects--normal in that they were the meals we all expected to have, with the people with whom we expected to have them.

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“There is another, better source of comfort: the Comforter Himself. Com-fort; it means “with strength.” The Holy Spirit is the One who strengthens you, when you turn and ask to be filled with Him, rather than letting yourself filled with the weak and beggarly substitutes offered by the world, the flesh, and the devil. You can gorge yourself on those substitutes, but it is like eating disease and drinking damage: they will leave your body wracked and ruined and starving.
God offers real food and real drink: bread that actually satisfies, wine that actually strengthens.
The Holy Spirit, our Comforter, is like the wind, and goes where He wills. “Who has seen the wind?” asks Rossetti, “Neither you nor I.” But you know when the wind has passed by—and if you have known any of the Lord’s saints, you have seen the wind-carved, Spirit-carved beauty of their lives; you have seen the light in their eyes that reflects back the bright glory of a place that needs no created light, because the Lord is its sun and its stay.”
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“Two things cannot be in one place. Where you tend a rose, my lad, a thistle cannot grow.”
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“The greatest issue facing the world today, with all its heartbreaking needs, is whether those who, by profession or culture, are identified as ‘Christians’ will become disciples – students, apprentices, practitioners – of Jesus Christ, steadily learning from him how to live the life of the Kingdom of the Heavens into every corner of human existence.”
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“To subdue one's self to one's own ends might be dangerous, but to subdue one's self to other people's ends was dust and ashes. Yet there were those, still more unhappy, who envied even the ashy saltness of those dead sea apples.”
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“But suppose one doesn't quite know which one wants to put first. Suppose," said Harriet, falling back on words which were not her own, "suppose one is cursed with both a heart and a brain?"

"You can usually tell," said Miss de Vine, "by seeing what kind of mistakes you make. I'm quite sure that one never makes fundamental mistakes about the thing one really wants to do. Fundamental mistakes arise out of lack of genuine interest. In my opinion, that is.”
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