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Advent   Leave a comment

Above:  A Scene from St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Dunwoody, Georgia, December 12, 2010

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

(https://picasaweb.google.com/114749828757741527421/BishopAlexanderSVisitToStPatrickS#5550353925420806802)

Waiting

And

Preparing

For

Christmas

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Anticipating

Nativity

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Seeking

And

Finding

Peace

And

Quiet

To meditate upon

The mystery of the Incarnation

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 14, 2011 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT VENANTIUS HONORIUS CLEMENTIUS FORTUNATUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MARTYR

THE FEAST OF CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH, COMPOSER

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Epiphanies   Leave a comment

Magi

What do we see?

A young child?

A king?

God incarnate?

The Messiah?

The Savior?

A martyr?

A sage?

A revolutionary?

A threat?

A promise?

How do we understand what we see?

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

JANUARY 7, 2010

The Journey   Leave a comment

The Magi Journeying, by James Tissot

Traveling far and for many months

To a foreign land

To seek a king

Whose sign is in the sky

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Traveling across the desert

Leaving the comforts of home behind

To embark on a sacred quest

And a storied journey

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Traveling abroad

At great physical risk

To visit a young king

And present him gifts

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 29, 2009

Nativity   Leave a comment

Adoration of the Shepherds, by Georges de La Tour, Circa 1644

God incarnate

In full humanness

Vulnerable

Yet mighty

A mystery

To venerate

Not to attempt to understand

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

December 21, 2009

Piercing the Darkness   Leave a comment

Light Shining in the Darkness

Image Source = Zouavman Le Zouave

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Light_shining2.JPG)

In the midst of

The darkness

Of night

And

Of human brokenness,

Divine light

Burst forth

To bridge the gap

Between

Humankind

And

God.

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Reconciliation

And

Atonement

Began–

Yet in the shadow in of

Another darkness–

Death.

Yet even that darkness

Fell

(In Time)

To Divine Intervention.

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The light shines in the darkness,

And frightens us,

For the darkness is familiar.

God comes to us,

And we turn away,

Out of fear,

Or willfulness,

or misplaced certainty.

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God challenges our traditions,

So we choose the familiar path,

The road well-traveled.

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Yet

The narrative can be different.

We can–

We must–

Follow the light,

Walk out of our cave,

And

Embrace the way of God.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

DECEMBER 17, 2009

Christmas   2 comments

Christmas Gifts

Image Source = Kelvin Kay

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gifts_xmas.jpg)

Christmas is a joyous time

For children far and near.

They try to be very good,

For Santa will soon appear.

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He’ll bring to them their heart’s desires.

They’ll “ooh” and “aah” with glee.

But its with the boxes and ribbons

That they’ll play with happily.

SALLY TAYLOR

O Blessed Mother   1 comment

The Madonna in Sorrow, by Sassorerrato

O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You learned you were pregnant

Outside of wedlock?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

The anonymous, thronging crowds

Ignored you in your hour of need in Bethlehem?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You experienced birth pangs,

As well as the stresses of parenthood?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

Your eldest son confused you,

Then seemed to reject you?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You watched your eldest son die?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You buried your eldest son?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You discovered your resurrected son?

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O Blessed Mother,

How did you feel when

You ascended and became

Queen of Heaven?

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O Blessed Mother,

Strong and humble,

Faithful and human,

Intercede for us.

Amen.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

May 30, 1997