A Christmas meditation I have a confession to make, I don’t much like Advent or Christmas. Oh, I like the liturgy and ritual, those remind me of why I believe as I do. I just don’t like all the other stuff: insipid Christmas movies, gift giving, Christmas cards, all of the socializing, and the commercials. … Continue reading A Christmas Meditation
Photo from the Clergy Coaching Network, September 23, 2019 I wonder if one of religions biggest difficulty is that we cannot respond to joy. We remember and celebrate our failures but do not remember or celebrate our successes. In the Hebrew bible it is the battles that are recorded not the moments of peace. In … Continue reading Make a joyful noise to God, all the earth PS 66.1
Song of Solomon 5:2-8 (CEB) 2 I was sleeping, but my heart was awake. A sound! My love is knocking: “Open for me, my sister, my dearest, my dove, my perfect one! My head is soaked with dew, my hair, with the night mists.” 3 “I have taken off my tunic— why should I put … Continue reading Song of Solomon
Mark 8:34-38 34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the … Continue reading To Take Up the Cross
A new year has begun and I am not sure what it will bring. Usually I have a sense of new beginnings, or I have excited expectations and hope as I pick up from where I left off and start over again. Not this year though. There has been too much acrimony, too much … Continue reading 2017, A NEW YEAR?