Psalm 84, Isaiah 40:21-31, Luke 2:22-40
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The Psalmist calls it the Pilgrims Way.  

Going through the balsam valley or the valley of Baca (literally in Hebrew: the place of weeping), we pray that it will become a place of springs, of fresh water. 

Science researcher, Brene Brown, tells us that:  “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change.” There is nothing more vulnerable than creativity. . . It's not about winning, it's not about losing, it's about showing up and being seen. There is no creativity without failure. 

“The valley of Baca - a place of Springs”

Sermon Resources: 

Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, offers insights into the power of kinship from his experience of mutual relationships with gang members on the streets of Los Angeles: 

Reflecting on a non-dualistic way:

Reflecting on creativity that comes from vulnerability: 


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