Wednesday Morning Thoughts

Each week on Wednesday, George Yandell, the Rector of the Parish, or other invited parishioners, share their thoughts on any topic that they choose. The most recent are presented here.”

December 23, 2020

The Rev. George Yandell, Rector

In the Chattanooga Times Free Press November 8 issue, there appeared a long article about Advent calendars. I scanned it and discovered the following: Advent calendars have gotten more elaborate. “These days you can them filled with candy or toys for kids, and wine and whiskey for adults.” What?!

Godiva’s Advent calendar is filled with the company’s luxury chocolates. Aldi has more than 20 Advent calendars for foodies.

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December 16, 2020

The Rev. George Yandell, Rector

Early this morning I woke to the soft sound of the rain starting to fall on our roof. It was like a caress from the heavens. As I grow older, the subtle things of life take on more meaning. In the Nicene Creed, when we recite, “We believe in one God…maker of all that is, seen and unseen,” I find myself more paying attention to the word “unseen”.

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December 9, 2020

The Rev. George Yandell, Rector

Christmastide during the covid pandemic will sure be different, won’t it? Not seeing loved ones, not being in the Church for Christmas Eve and Day services. I’m feeling a strong dose of nostalgia this Advent, maybe you are too. That word literally derives from the Greek- nos’tos for “home”- al’gia for “sickness”, or longing for home.

Reminiscences about Christmas Day 1969 have been rattling around in my head the last few days.

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December 2, 2020

The Rev. George Yandell, Rector

Advent and Christmastide fill me with music. One of my favorite hymns for these seasons is Hymn 67, “Comfort Ye My People.” Another is “In the Bleak Mid-winter” Hymn 112. (Palmer Temple also claims it as a favorite.) Another is Hymn 60- “Creator of the Stars of Night.”

In addition are all the season’s CD’s and vinyl albums I just stacked in the stereo bookcase Saturday afternoon.

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