January 15 – The Beloved Community

Genesis 1:26 The end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love; not… Continue reading January 15 – The Beloved Community

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January 8 – The Illusion of Control

Job 38 Who knows the word wherewith you commanded the sun to be? Who knows the beginning of the things which we can know? Theory! Theory! We chirp theories like chickadees, because ignorance is a terrifying thing and we need the noise. But when I can with courage know I do not know; when I… Continue reading January 8 – The Illusion of Control

January 1 – At The Gate

‚ÄčI said to the man who stood at the gate of the year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied: "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be better to you than light, and safer than a known… Continue reading January 1 – At The Gate

December 25 – Evermore and Evermore

Of the Father's love begotten, ere the worlds began to be, He the Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending He, of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, Evermore and evermore. O that birth forever blessed, when the virgin full of grace, by the Holy Ghost conceiving,… Continue reading December 25 – Evermore and Evermore

December 18 – Advent: Recognition

If we are guilty of anything during the holiday season, it is most likely our constant misunderstanding of joy. Where she comes from, what she looks like, how we are meant to speak to her and about her. We surround ourselves with the trappings of joy in the lead-up to Christmas: bright lights and colorful… Continue reading December 18 – Advent: Recognition

December 11 – Advent: Reconciliation

Every time Advent arrives--every single year, for as long as humans have observed it--it shows up on our collective doorstep in the midst of a desperate desire for peace.  Advent arrives, knocking on the door, right as we were watching that news story about the horrible thing, the unspeakable thing, the anxiety-inducing thing. Or right… Continue reading December 11 – Advent: Reconciliation

December 4 – Advent: Invitation

The environment around us sends out the signal that it is time to slow down, to ease into a new, less stressful period of time. Such a tease! Everything human within us wants to cooperate with the great annual summons to slow the pace, to settle in, to rest. Other factors compete for our allegiance,… Continue reading December 4 – Advent: Invitation

November 27 – The Hasty Farewell

Matthew 6:34 Have you said a hasty farewell to November? Are you already waiting at the door for December with your arms full of hope, expectation, even anxiety? Are you handing November her hat and gloves, thanking her for her time and for her reminders to be grateful and all that delicious food and feasting,… Continue reading November 27 – The Hasty Farewell

November 20 – Thanks Given

On Thursday, many Americans will celebrate a holiday we call Thanksgiving. Families will gather together--some for the only time of the year--and sit down to eat. The food may vary, and the conversation, too, but reasons for being together will have a ring of familiarity to them no matter who you are: gratitude, faith, family,… Continue reading November 20 – Thanks Given

November 13 – A Tale of Thanks

Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. - Psalm 107:2-3 Gratitude is a feeling, a posture of the heart. But an unwritten truth about gratitude is that it… Continue reading November 13 – A Tale of Thanks