Month: December 2020

Celebrate Everything

Celebrate Everything

David danced before the Lord with all his might . . . (2 Samuel 6:14a, NRSV) I was recently enjoying a socially distanced Happy Hour with a good friend. I really do not remember how it came up, but our server said something about the New Year approaching. We both laughed and said that it would […]

The In-Between’s

The In-Between’s

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. (Exodus 16:9-10) I feel like […]

Advent 3: The Candle of Joy

Advent 3: The Candle of Joy

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  (John 15:10-12, NRSV) On Sunday, December 13, we marked the third […]

Names, Not Numbers

Names, Not Numbers

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers . . . (Matthew 1:1-17) My cousins are using the stay-at-home social distancing time to mine material they are […]

The True Meaning of Christmas

The True Meaning of Christmas

You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth (Luke 1:14) When we think about Christmas, what images come to mind? The season of Christmas has, in a lot of ways, become commercialized- especially for children- to produce thoughts of Santa, presents, trees, snowmen, etc. Most family traditions are embedded in gift […]

The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth . . . (Revelation 21:1a) Margaret Keenan, a grandmother in the United Kingdom, who turns 91 next week, said the injection was the “best early birthday present.” She was the first recorded COVID-19 vaccine recipient earlier this week. As she received the injection, those who watched […]

Advent 2: The Candle of Peace

Advent 2: The Candle of Peace

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6, NRSV) May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that […]

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19 KJV) Last year, my parents gave me a pair of earbuds for Christmas. I asked for a specific pair and my parents graciously and generously purchased that particular set for me. My original intent was to use them for jogging and […]

Waiting: Blessing or Challenge?

Waiting: Blessing or Challenge?

Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts. Surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet: righteousness […]

The Christmas Mouse

The Christmas Mouse

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  (Deuteronomy 6:5-7) When our young families gathered outside to celebrate the start of Advent […]

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