December 24, 2017

Reading Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 (NRSV) Wonderful Counselor! Mighty God! Everlasting Father! Prince of Peace! Today's reading brings tears to my eyes. What amazing images: people walking in darkness, seeing a great light; a newborn given authority with powerful names; authority established with justice and righteousness. The tears are for the brilliance of the possibility, and … Continue reading December 24, 2017

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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

Advent 2016: December 8

This devotion was written for my church's daily Advent devotional book. Reading Psalm 30: 5b, 11-12 (NRSV) The media bombards us with bad news: bickering politicians, natural disasters, fighting, refugees far from home, grieving loved ones. I recently got overwhelmed with despair for this broken world. But then I went to choir practice, where we … Continue reading Advent 2016: December 8