The great longing of Christmas

Advent creates longing. The Scripture reading all season reflects on longing. I love the celebration of Christmas, but I also love the stirring this season’s readings create in my heart. A few weeks ago I walked into a colleague’s office and started with, “I’ve heard a rumor…” His ears perked up, but he was cautiousContinue reading “The great longing of Christmas”

The chaos of Christmas

One of my “unfavorite” Christmas carols is “Away in a Manger.” That line “no crying he makes” is just too much. He was a baby. An animal makes a noise while he sleeps, crying he makes.  There are those subtle reminders in our lives where we need our nice, neat Christmas pictures blown up from timeContinue reading “The chaos of Christmas”

When Jesus comes

51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations. 52     He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones and lifted up the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty-handed. (Luke 1:51-31) What is always profound to me is the humility ofContinue reading “When Jesus comes”

The Power of His Coming

4 But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. 5 This was so he could redeem those under the Law so that we could be adopted. 6 Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore, youContinue reading “The Power of His Coming”