We wait and believe along with the faithful heroes in Hebrews 11, even to this day. This is Advent waiting. This is hope. Read more
I want to be more like Noah, who just kept doing what God said, and more like Simeon, who kept showing up day after day, letting the promises of his God fuel his passion for life. Read more
Waiting is a tempest. If you are prone to fear, you should run immediately for cover. Do what God’s calling you to. On the other hand, if you are more often the fool who rushes in, plan to hunker down. Wait out the storm. Read more
How do we move forward? How do we act when fear holds us back?
Advent both heightened and diminished the expectations of Christmas: I began waiting for something other than gifts and stockings. Read more
Asking questions comes with risks. Questions create defensiveness and suspicion. They come with responses we didn’t anticipate. And sometimes, they force us into seasons of silence until we can truly accept the answers. Read more
I’m starting to get excited for Christmas.
It might have something to do with the fact that our shopping is finished and our Christmas cards are addressed and sealed and the holiday to-do list has started to shrink instead of grow. Read more
Hard to believe Christmas is just three weeks away, and the only thing I have done to prepare is put up the Christmas tree and a few other decorations. I’ve done no Christmas shopping; I’ve mailed no Christmas cards (though I did finally order them last night); I’ve baked nary a cookie or other delicious Christmas treat. Read more
The purple paraments in the church sanctuary announced the season to all who entered on Sunday. With the last bits of Thanksgiving leftovers still in the fridge ready for our lunch, Advent began, heralding the coming of Jesus … Read more
Merry Christmas and the Happiest New Year! Wherever you are in the world, whatever is going on, “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” (If you are reading this via the email subscription, follow this link to see the video.) Read more