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New Release! While Bethlehem Sleeps: A Poetic Advent Devotional Now Available in Paperback.

 

While Bethlehem Sleeps: A Poetic Advent Devotional is now available in paperback and for Kindle.

 

In 2012, While Bethlehem Sleeps awakened readers to reflect on the Christmas story through poetry depicting character sketches, Advent themes, and seasonal musings. This expanded edition provides devotional insights with poetic highlights. Activities at the end of each daily reading assist in extending Advent throughout the week with individual, family, and community impact. The inclusion of the original poetry collection ensures intellectual, inspirational reading year after year.

 

Penny J. Johnson is an author and editor whose previous works include three poetry collections, one novel, and one devotional. She enjoys facilitating a women’s Bible study, home educating, knitting, and meeting up for coffee with family and friends. Penny lives in Minnesota with her husband, their three sons, their two Labrador Retrievers, and their Ragdoll-Himalayan.

 

Paul L.H. Olson is an executive adviser and board director for large and small corporations, not-for-profit, and higher education organizations. He serves as an adult Sunday School teacher and as a spiritual, leadership mentor. Paul lives in Minnesota with his wife and spends his free-time golfing, fishing, reading, and traveling.

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New Release Coming in November

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In 2012, While Bethlehem Sleeps awakened readers to reflect on the Christmas story through poetry depicting character sketches, Advent themes, and seasonal musings. This expanded edition provides devotional insights with poetic highlights. Activities at the end of each daily reading assist in extending Advent throughout the week with individual, family, and community impact. The inclusion of the original poetry collection ensures intellectual, inspirational reading year after year.

Penny J. Johnson is an author and editor whose previous works include three poetry collections, one novel, and one devotional. She enjoys facilitating a women’s Bible study, home educating, knitting, and meeting up for coffee with family and friends. Penny lives in Minnesota with her husband, their three sons, their two Labrador Retrievers, and their Ragdoll-Himalayan.

Paul L. H. Olson is an executive adviser and board director for large and small corporations, not-for-profit, and higher education organizations. He serves as an adult Sunday School teacher and as a spiritual, leadership mentor. Paul lives in Minnesota with his wife and spends his free-time golfing, fishing, reading, and traveling.

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25 Days of Advent: Time

Where does the time go? It flits and melts away like the snowflakes. If only it could be frozen and preserved!

What if we could gift wrap time? I’m not talking about a watch or a clock. I’m talking about actual seconds, minutes, hours, and even days.

Maybe it is possible.

What if I offered my time?

Couldn’t I expand my reach outside my daily routine, my cozy home, my inner circles? Wouldn’t that give warmth to another’s landscape encrusted in ice crystals because I enter into it? Couldn’t expelling even a puff of exertion prove there is more to life than my own comfort?

Isn’t that a preservation of time–that mere moment’s snapshot?

That memory shared with another?

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25 Days of Advent: The Second Sunday of Advent

The second Sunday of Advent traditionally symbolizes peace. Yet, when I think about how I spent Sunday, peace isn’t what comes to mind right away. It was a good day. Just not restful.

Sunday was our volunteering Sunday. I love this Sunday once a month because we are helping others. But, it is busy. We take two cars to church. I have to be there early to care for two special needs children. My husband counts offertory, so he has to stay late. This week my youngest and I stayed for the second service in order to worship. But, I admit it was hard to keep my eyes open.

I didn’t get much rest once I got home. My middle son expressed frustration about the Vikings loss. I took our oldest son to get packing boxes. He is moving home for a month before his study-abroad experience. Then I took my youngest son back to church to help with serving for the children’s Christmas program. I briefly dozed off, but not enough to feel rejuvenated.

Yet, I felt a piece of peace. Something about caring for others does that for me. It gives peace to them by easing their burdens. Perhaps that is one of the best gifts we can give: a piece of ourselves to bring others peace.