January 6, 2019

Reading Nehemiah 1: 4-5, 11b; Matthew 2: 1-12 (NRSV) To celebrate Epiphany today, I looked up the definition: a sudden and striking awareness of the essential nature of something real. Some might call it abrupt enlightenment. Wow. That's what I need. Currently, my vision for life is cloudy. I thought I knew where I was … Continue reading January 6, 2019

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December 23, 2018

Reading Matthew 2: 8-13 (NRSV) Jesus is born! Today's reading reveals different reactions to Jesus. The wise men see their guiding star stop over the child and they are overwhelmed with joy. They kneel down; they pay homage; they open their treasure chests to offer gold, frankincense, and myrrh. King Herod tells the wise men … Continue reading December 23, 2018

Advent Devotional: December 19, 2017

This entry was written for my church’s daily Advent devotional booklet.  Reading Matthew 2: 9b-10 (NRSV) "...and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy." The wise … Continue reading Advent Devotional: December 19, 2017