The light is trickled in… it comes in with a single voice calling out and other voices replying to it… it is small but so much more of a presence of hope than darkness… that tiny light is enough to make the huge darkness unable to overwhelm us! …then that little tiny fragile light is… that light is transferred to one another… that light of hope is brought in again and sustains us through the first baptism. It doesn’t cost us our own light to pass it on to another person’s candle. Just the time to make the gesture.Read More
… And Jesus cried out with a loud voice …
“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
... and breathed his last.
“Dark, dark, dark, we all go into the dark.” The words are T.S. Eliot’s, that great poet of the troubled soul. What was he thinking?Read More
God tells Abram to go, just go, leave your country, your home, your mom and dad, your brothers and sisters, your uncles, aunts, cousins, your way of life. Just go, I’ll make of you a great nation, says the Lord, I’ll make your name great. And sure enough, Abram does go. The biblical text just says, “Abram went.” Not a word about any inner struggle, no questions asked, no words of sadness or regret regarding such a parting from everything that Abram holds dear and is familiar with. This silence on Abram’s part is not unfamiliar to us.Read More
“Choose life.” Thus says Joshua, Moses’ successor, the man who three thousand years ago led those escaped Hebrew slaves into the land of Canaan. And you and I find these words in the Book of Deuteronomy, a book written over twenty-five hundred years ago. So these words, “choose life,” are old words, and yet they have such a topical ring to them, even a philosophical ring, for they lie at the heart of our still popular existential literature ---Read More
But God raised him on the third day, and allowed him to appear, Not to all, but to us ... to testify that ...
Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins.”
We are so used to these words, they sum up such basic affirmations of Christian faith that they trip lightly off our tongue, and we hardly notice the non-sequiturs in them, the abrupt disconnections, their defiance of our usual moral and logical expectations.Read More
Happy New Year!!!
Today is January 1, 2017, the first day into the New Year. I am so hopeful that this whole year will be full of amazing and wonderful surprises for all of us. This past week has had a few surprises in receiving a couple additional Christmas gifts from God in the way of two strangers to care for and the gift of much rest and time at home… and through all of that, the study and consideration of names and words…
Paul’s message to the Church of Rome way back when was, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.Read More
I hear these words of the prophet Isaiah, and I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, these words written two thousand seven hundred years ago, this vision of a world without suffering, without evil, thanks to the looked-for intervening of a God who is not only merciful and just but powerful --- God will come and save you, says IsaiahRead More
This Advent I have been looking for ways that we can and are planting HOPE while we await the birth LOVE. I have been remembering the past and dreaming about the future. I want to expand a little bit around the theme that I began last week. I want to stretch us, our minds and souls to consider the whole world.Read More