Posts with the category “advent-2022”
On the Way to Christmas Eve
by Aaron Achartz on December 24th, 2022
What are your favorite Christmas Eve or Christmas Day traditions? Is there a particular cookie that you always eat first? Is there a certain tie that you wear every year to the Christmas Eve service? To spark a return to the eternal debate: do you open your presents on Christmas Eve, Christmas morning, or Christmas afternoon?While I have a variety of traditions that others might share, I also have...
The Wreath: Part 4
by Aaron Achartz on December 23rd, 2022
As Lucy stepped around Xav’s toys and carried the old cardboard box into the dining room, she did not know that this would be the last year she would light the candles...
My Favorite Christmas Play
by Aaron Achartz on December 22nd, 2022
I’ve enjoyed working with the kids on every play that we have performed, but of course one play has to be my favorite...
by Aaron Achartz on December 21st, 2022
When home begins to fill with the varied wonderful smells of baking cookies, Christmas memories come flooding back...
A Rejoicing Building
by Aaron Achartz on December 20th, 2022
How do you rejoice? I often think of rejoicing as a musical activity, done by singers or instrumentalists...
Copy, Paste - Poem
by Aaron Achartz on December 19th, 2022
You must sing your own song and rejoice. I can’t just copy, paste, I must sing with my own voice...
by Aaron Achartz on December 18th, 2022
Advent is a preparation for Christmas, which is a time of celebration and rejoicing...
Arise, Shine, for Your Light has Come
by Aaron Achartz on December 17th, 2022
Arise, shine, for your light has come. It can be difficult to shine sometimes...
The Wreath: Part 3
by Aaron Achartz on December 16th, 2022
"Have you seen the box with the Christmas decorations?"
Christmas Plays - Recent Years
by Aaron Achartz on December 15th, 2022
Let’s move on to 2019. For the second time, the kids chose to create a play that wasn’t just the Christmas story...
Creates the Artist - Poem
by Aaron Achartz on December 14th, 2022
Creates the artist and next to them Fate, wicked, stands...
It Can Take Time
by Aaron Achartz on December 13th, 2022
At 10 a.m. on February 15th, 1945, the sandstone support pillars that had been holding up the Frauenkirche in Dresden finally gave in...
Hope - Poem
by Aaron Achartz on December 12th, 2022
It glimmers, distant, a far off lantern/Beyond the furthest mountain,/Nearly lost amongst the stars.
Would You Rejoice?
by Aaron Achartz on December 11th, 2022
My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant...
Candles in the Darkness
by Aaron Achartz on December 10th, 2022
While singing in Christmas at Luther in my freshman year, I got the chance to experience a traditional part of the Christmas service from a unique perspective...
The Wreath: Part 2
by Aaron Achartz on December 9th, 2022
Lucy ducked her head against the cold wind as she trudged across campus to her dorm...
Christmas Plays - Branching Out
by Aaron Achartz on December 8th, 2022
After a successful two years, the plays started to grow from just retellings of the Christmas story in a different setting, to fully embracing the weird and wonderful ideas of the kids...
Everything Must Be Just Perfect
by Aaron Achartz on December 7th, 2022
I am the only one that can put the lights on the Christmas tree...
Travel Memoir - An Unexpected View
by Aaron Achartz on December 6th, 2022
Our arrival in Chiang Mai in the northwest of Thailand highlighted how busy the city was...
Inviting Acrostic Poem
by Aaron Achartz on December 5th, 2022
Into the world we are sent...
Second Sunday of Advent - Devotion
by Aaron Achartz on December 4th, 2022
We are encouraged to act with the spirit of the Lord that is with us, to not judge by what we see or hear, but to work for the goodness of all...
Music Memoir - Standing Still
by Aaron Achartz on December 3rd, 2022
For the fifth time in a single day, I had to stand, silent and unmoving...
The Wreath: Part 1
by Aaron Achartz on December 2nd, 2022
"Weef! Weef!" three-year-old Lucy shouted with joy. "Okay, just a moment," her mother carefully stepped around the excited child...
Children's Christmas Plays - The Beginning
by Aaron Achartz on December 1st, 2022
Each year, I work with the kids and youth to put together a kids Christmas play. Since 2010...
Two Sides of a Snowstorm
by Aaron Achartz on November 30th, 2022
How much snow did you get yesterday? As adults, we see every inch for the work it'll take to clear off of our sidewalks...
Travel Memoir - Waiting for Sunset
by Aaron Achartz on November 29th, 2022
It was a cold, rainy afternoon in Rouen, France. I was standing at an overlook on La Côte Sainte Catherine. Even just getting to the overlook had been a challenge...
by Aaron Achartz on November 28th, 2022
Barren pines keep watch
First Sunday of Advent - Devotion
by Aaron Achartz on November 27th, 2022
Psalm 122 comes with the superscription "A Song of Ascents." This is likely in reference to pilgrims ascending up the hill to the sanctuary in Jerusalem.
WordWorkers' Third Annual Advent Calendar
by Aaron Achartz on November 21st, 2022
Starting next Sunday, November 27th, each day will feature a unique piece of original writing every morning at 7am
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