Bottling Summer

DownloadBanner[1]At this year’s Columbia Bible College (CBC) Christmas chapel, I adapted a creative non-fiction piece I wrote awhile back to serve as a structural liturgy leading up to communion. CBC decided to offer this reflection as a gift to their constituents, and made it into a beautiful e-book. You can download it for free here (Bottling Summer) or simply click on the banner above.

Merry Christmas! May it be a season of storing up plenty. And if it feels more like a season of want this time around–may this be an encouragement to pull a few jars off the shelf and feast on the provision from richer seasons past.



  1. Great write-up!

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  2. I never thought about Mary’s pondering in that way before. I usually think she is pondering the terrible things to come, so this was a much less pessimistic way of looking at it. You have no idea how helpful this is for me.


    1. I’m so glad! I’m not sure what made the connection for me with canning, to be honest–but that phrase has always fascinated me…. why pause to tell us that Mary pondered something/treasured something? What are we to understand by that. What are we to ponder?


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