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Scripture: Matthew 2:16-18
There are no words to describe the loss, the devastation, the horror experienced in Newtown, CT yesterday as the result of one person’s violent actions. Even in Scripture, the words can sometimes feel hollow, empty, like chatter buzzing at the ears but fails to enter because of the numbness inside.
This is […]
Scripture: Micah 4:1-5
We long for that day when our soldiers come home and no longer have to go to war.
We long for that day when our nation’s leaders seek peaceful solutions without the threat of force.
We long for that day when we no longer fear random shootings and acts of […]
Scripture: 1 John 5:1-5
Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the details. We read Matthew’s version of the Nativity; we read Luke’s, and we realize they don’t match up. We see the discrepancies in the details, we try to fit the pieces together, but sometimes, it just don’t work. And then we […]
Scripture: Luke 21:25-36
THE SECOND COMING by William Butler Yeats
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is […]
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11-13
We read these words of hope from the prophet Jeremiah for the people who were being taken into exile, that God would deliver them and held “a future with hope” for them. So we, thousands of years later, look back on these words and remember the faithful who returned because of God’s […]
Scripture: Mark 1:1-8
Advent is the season of preparation, of baking and wrapping, decorating and singing. Advent is this wonderful time when we prepare for Christmas.
This preparation is practice for us as we prepare for God to enter our lives in a new way. We are waiting for Christmas to come, but let […]
Scripture: Romans 12:14-21
We still live in a world where people commonly live by “An eye for an eye.” We know we are called to live differently. God’s ways of justice are not retributive, but restorative. God does not desire punishment, but restoration. We are called to love our enemies, to do what we can […]
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7
We know when we look back at the prophets during the exiles of the northern and southern kingdoms, the prophets were speaking words of hope for the people in their day. We know that the hope of a new king was prophesied for them, and they saw this hope beginning to be […]
Scripture: Habakkuk 2:1-3
There is still a vision. There is still hope. There is still a future that awaits us. With all this talk of the “end of the world,” we know that there is never an ending without a beginning. The people witnessed an end to their world when they were taken into exile, […]
Scripture: Psalm 61:1-4
When troubles surround us
When tasks pile up
When the frustration of the world seems so great–
Lord, deliver us.
When commercials tell us to buy, buy, buy
When consumption seems to be the way to happiness
When all we have is just not enough–