Advent 13: Saint John by the fountain.

There’s a fountain at our mall. During the day, the fountain runs, keeping the reflecting pool around it stirred up.  There are always people sitting on the benches around the pool, waiting for something. Or someone. Kids toss coins into the pool, which are gathered and given to Habitat for Humanity and the Rescue Mission. […]

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Advent 12: Saint John looks at love and gifts.

We found Saint John of the Mall sitting in front of the gift wrapping store. It’s not really a buying and selling store. That store closed. The space is used during December for a non-profit to raise funds by wrapping gifts for contributions. It was early. No one was around. We sat next to John […]

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Advent 11: Saint John and the manicure.

I might have mentioned that we start our mall walks by Red Robin. The parking is close to the door and closest to our house. I understand the irony of worrying about parking when you are going to walk. About half a mile away, at the far end of the mall, is a little manicure […]

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Advent 10: John the saint and John the Baptist.

“I bet John the Baptist wasn’t a fan of Christmas,” I said to Saint John. Nancy and John stopped and stared at me. The three of us had been walking quietly through the mall. I’d been thinking about John’s conversation with the community leader. I remembered that John the Baptist was mentioned right after Nicodemus […]

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Advent 9: Saint John and the important man.

Nancy and I learned awhile ago that there are mall walking regulars, people who show up at the same time every day. There’s a small sense of community when you wave at the same people every morning. The other day, Nancy and I got to the mall early. It was going to be a busy […]

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