Christmas 2016/Luke 2:1-20 I can say now, that when Gabriel appeared to me and told me all that God had in store for me, I did not really understand what it all meant. Maybe my lack of understanding is why it was easier for me, then, to turn myself over to God, to declare my… Read More Mary’s Song
Christmas Eve 2016/Isaiah 9:2-7 The one who comes to a young girl and her fiancé, who is born in a smelly animal stall and wrapped with torn pieces of cloth, is not only a baby. This one who comes, full of promise and full of hope for a hurting world, is, in the words… Read More All the Names of Jesus
Vespers, 4th Week of Advent/Matthew 1:1-17 and John 1:1-14 Who was Jesus? What was he about? The opening verses of the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of John each tell us something about this Jesus. We don’t read here about a baby or a manger or even shepherds and wise men. These verses don’t… Read More Who Jesus Is
Fourth Sunday of Advent/December 18, 2016 Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25 When Jeff and I were awaiting the birth of our first child, we didn’t know whether it would be a boy or a girl. Back then, ultrasounds were not standard protocol for all pregnancies, and mine was utterly normal. But because we didn’t know… Read More Name Him …
Vespers for Third Week of Advent/December 14, 2016 Zechariah 8:1-17; Matthew 8:14-17, 28-34 Is that any way to treat someone who does you a favor? You have to think that the town was pleased to no longer have to sneak past the tombs as they came and went on their journeys. Who would want… Read More Get Out of Town!
3rd Sunday of Advent/December 11, 2016 Isaiah 11:1-10 – The Peaceable Kingdom Nothing grows from a stump. Stumps are the leftovers when a tree has been cut to the ground. Stumps are dead. Nothing can grow from a stump. But what if a shoot could emerge from the stump? At first, it would be small,… Read More Advent Meditations
2nd Sunday of Advent – December 4, 2016/Matthew 3:1-12 In those days, a strange man wandered through the wilderness around the Jordan River. Wearing a tunic pieced together from a camel skin that he cinched with a leather belt, he didn’t particularly look like the kind of preacher that people would flock to hear… Read More In Those Days …