Water and Advent

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Water and Advent

by Jane Knuth
Liturgical Year: Advent

It is the beginning of Advent, and here in Michigan, it is the beginning of winter weather, too.

Today, water falls in an opaque sheathe across the window in my living room. This only happens when the wind comes from the east. Then the intersection of clear glass and clear water combine to make a curdled veil.

Why?

What does water not like about being disturbed? If you hold it perfectly still, it is perfectly clear. But if you throw it, or stir it, or pour it, it becomes a froth.

Am I like water? Do I need the stillness to see? Do I become a destructive force when there is too much of me, when I am frozen, when I am tossed about? They say, after all, that humans are over 65% water. Maybe I should study my properties more closely this Advent.


Jane Knuth 

Jane Knuth is the author of Thrift Store Saints and Thrift Store Graces. She has been volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the last 17 years. She is also a math tutor. Knuth and her husband, Dean, live in Portage, Michigan.

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Books by Jane Knuth

Love Will Steer Me True

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Love Will Steer Me True shows how a mother and daughter swerve and weave their way into a new understanding of themselves, of their familial relationship, and of their faith.

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Thrift Store Graces

Finding God’s Gifts in the Midst of the Mess

Jane Knuth is back with another book full of her experiences serving as a once reluctant, now enthusiastic volunteer at a Saint Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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Thrift Store Saints

Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a Time

Thrift Store Saints is a collection of true stories based on Jane Knuth's experience serving the poor at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store.

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