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Advent Week 1: Hope – December 8

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This is Bodhi Day in Buddhism. This is the day in 596 BCE that the Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. It is a day of celebration and meditation. Often colored lights are strung around the home and are turned on each evening for 30 days. A candle is also lit during this time.  Since we come from many traditions, what does enlightenment speak of to your community? Quotes from Buddhism on Hope Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.~Dalai Lama The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. ~Pema Chodron He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything. ~Proverb http://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-elementary-school/57301-teach-multiculturalism-and-diversity-during-the-holidays/ What is...

Advent Week 1: Hope – December 6

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This is a poem by Pavel Friedman who was a Jewish Czechoslovak poet. He wrote this poem possibly while in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp. The poem was discovered after Theresienstadt was liberated. It has inspired the Butterfly Project, a project that commemorates the children who perished during the Holocaust and reminds us to always hope. The Butterfly The last, the very last, So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow. Perhaps if the sun's tears would sing against a white stone. . . . Such, such a yellow Is carried lightly 'way up high. It went away I'm sure because it wished to kiss the world good-bye. For seven weeks I've lived in here, Penned up inside this ghetto. But I have found what I love here. The dandelions call to me And the white chestnut branches in the court. ...

Advent Week 1: Hope – December 7

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A story of hope from WorldVision Agnes' Story by James Addis Agnes explains that she once had a husband, five sisters, and a brother. Sister Loveness died in 1989. Then at regular intervals, so too did Agnes’ husband and sisters Ireen, Grace, Mary, and Queen. Finally, brother Frankie also died. Each death was preceded by a long illness featuring vomiting, diarrhea, and overwhelming weakness that kept the sufferer confined to bed.   As each sibling died, Agnes took care of their children. “They had no one else,” she explains. The partners of her brother and sisters were either already dead or disappeared when the sickness came. So last year, Agnes, a widow, found herself responsible for 13 children—seven orphans, three children of her own, and three grandchildren from her older dau...