We need to rejoice in the gift of the moment and not keep wishing for something else.
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”
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”
I don’t get asked a lot, but every once in awhile someone will ask what I want for Christmas. This year I’ve said the same thing: World Peace. I just don’t have a Christmas wish list. My life is full. My family is doing well. My wife and I are having a great time asContinue reading “My Christmas Wish List”
The tree lights are on. The first pot of coffee is made and the first cup is poured. Sidewalks are shoveled from the light snowfall we had last night. The turkey has been in the oven cooking oh, so, slowly. Ready to feast on later today. But everyone is still asleep and in this quiet,Continue reading “Glory to God in the highest”
Simple idea #278 for Christmas (I don’t have 277 previous ones): Christ is BORN. Light has come into the world. Darkness has not overcome it… ever. And won’t. No matter what is going on in the world and in your world right now, here is the simple idea: Sit back. Get some coffee on, orContinue reading “Christmas Cheer”
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”
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”