December 25, 2015

First Coming - Madeline L'Engle

 

God did not wait till the world was ready,

till...nations were at peace.

God came when the Heavens were unsteady,

and prisoners cried out for release.

 

God did not wait for the perfect time.

God came when the need was deep and great.

God dined...

December 24, 2015

Luke 1:39-45 and 46-55

 

In this scene tw pregnant women - one poor and one too old to have a child - meet.  This story is joyful, surprising, earthy and even fleshy.  It is certainly an appropriate forerunner to the incarnation!  The two women have turned upside down al...

December 23, 2015

Hebrews 10:5-10

 

Does this seem a strange text so close to Christmas?  Perhaps this reading is included to remind us that the babe in the manger becomes Christ on the cross.  It is much easier to be excited about the baby than to accept the burden of the cross.  But we...

December 22, 2015

Psalm 80:1-7

 

This Psalm speaks to those who find little to celebrate - whether it is because of health, financial problems or family heartache.  The Psalmist doesn't offer quick or easy answers, but there is an honest expression of sorrow and a stubborn faith.

 

To whom...

December 21, 2015

Micah 5:2

 

Micah is another Old Testament prophet who has seen too many rulers who care only for themselves.  He could be bitter or cynical.  He could decide that there is no reason to believe that God exists, no reason to believe that God loves humanity.  But Micah tru...

December 18, 2015

I have little patience for the blind joy of those who fail to see the sufferings of the world.  I am skeptical of those whose joy seems forced, happy no matter what befalls them.  But there is another joy - deeper than the good times and bad times life metes out, stron...

December 17, 2015

Luke 3:7-18

 

As on writer put it "there is no going to Bethlehem and the sweet baby Jesus in the manger without first hearing the rough prophet in the wilderness that calls us to repentance".  John the Baptist is abrasive, abrupt.  His message captures our attention and...

December 16, 2015

Philippians 4:4-7

 

It is difficult in our consumer driven society to focus, or even distinguish, the difference between the joy found in Christ from that which is purchased at the Mall, on sale.  Our "happiness" can so easily be tied to gifts wrapped under the tree rath...

December 15, 2015

Isaiah 12:2-6

 

Today's psalm (or song) is not from Psalms.  Many books in the Bible contain songs - often of praise.  In this song there are shouts of thanksgiving and exclamations of joy for God's goodness which is glimpsed here in the present and assured to come compl...

December 14, 2015

Zephaniah 3:14-20

 

Zephaniah is an Old Testament prophet.  He lived during the reigns of kings who abused power and cared little for justice or for God.  The people lived under harsh judgements - corrupt judges awarded their land to the wealthy.  Zephaniah expresses the...

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