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We have come to the end of our Advent Journey, and this year it has been a dark journey indeed, but we know the light is coming and is here among us.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
We know the story. We know the shepherds and the angels and the manger. We know of Mary and Joseph […]
Scripture: Luke 1:39-56
Sing it, Mary!
Mary sings not a song of fear, or a song of wonder, but a song of triumphant praise! She sings not because of what God is doing for her, but of what God is doing for the whole world! What God is doing for the poor and the […]
Scripture: John 1:6-10
The light is coming.
On this, the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, we know the light has returned with the dawn, and the days will grow longer.
But we also know the true light is coming into the world.
Like John, we testify to the […]
Scripture: Luke 1:26-38
Let it be with me, according to Your will.
Let me feel rejection.
Let my fears be realized.
Let my heart be broken.
Let me be shaken.
Let my life be changed.
Let my heart be pierced.
Let me feel death.
Let me experience […]
Scripture: Matthew 1:1-17
Let us remember the unlikely heroes. Let us remember Tamar and Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba. Let us remember the women whose stories are often forgotten. We remember women who did what they could for their own survival and, like Ruth, for the survival of others. Let us remember that they, too, are […]
Scripture: Micah 6:6-8
God does not demand that we give up our personal dignity, that we throw in our lot with random people, that we lose ourselves and turn from all that is not him. God needs nothing, asks nothing, and demands nothing, like the stars. It is a life with God which demands these […]
Scripture: John 1:1-5
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the word was God
In the beginning was the Word
In the beginning
He was in the beginning with God
He was […]
Scripture: Jeremiah 31:15-17
Many of us read the first part of this passage, and we know that feeling of mourning, for we have felt it the past few days. But out of mourning will come hope. Sorrow will turn to joy. The people were taken into exile–taken from all they knew, and thrust into a […]
Scripture: Isaiah 64: 1-4
Today is supposed to be the day we light the Joy candle. How can we find Joy when we are grieving so much loss? Like the prophet Isaiah, who saw glimpses of hope in the exiles return, we may wish for God to tear open the heavens and come down–to intervene […]
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 […]