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Reflection for First Sunday in Advent

"PAY ATTENTION" 1 ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT – B MARK 13:24-37 ST. ANDREW'S: 11-29-20 I discovered backpacking as a teenager.  I also discovered that I could hike faster than my older trail companions.  This came in handy when they needed people to go ahead to scout out springs or set up camp or go ahead of the group because we were running late to our pick up point.  (Remember there were no cell phones back then).  So I got pretty good, even with a heavy pack, at moving fast, following blazes, seeing what was in the distance.  Then it happened.  My back and my ankle were giving me trouble and I settled in with the group, hiking behind the eldest member of our group who organized most of our trips and hiked very much by the philosophy of slow and steady wins the race.  I did not like her pace.  But she rarely had to take breaks.  And hiking at a different pace, albeit forced, with a different perspective, I noticed, along the same stretch of New Jersey headed toward Delaware
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