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Advent

The Third Day of Christmas. Feast of Saint Stephen, the First Christian. »

December 27th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

THIS DAY is set aside as a memorial of Stephen, the first Christian. Once again, the church seems to take a counter-intuitive approach, reminding us of sin and suffering hard on the heels of the joyful celebration of the Nativity. But it is possible to see the reason behind this decision. In Advent we were reminded that our longing for the light of Christ is conditioned by the darkness that […]

The Fortieth Day of Christmas Advent. Christmas Eve. »

December 24th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

A WOMAN I KNOW, whose family owns a retail business in a small town, once commented, “Christmas is not a pleasant time at our house.” I found this a sad commentary on what Christmas has become for so many of us: a time of increased anxiety and stress and discord. We lash out at loved ones because we’re spending money we can’t afford to spend, or, as with this woman, […]

The Thirty-Seventh Day of Christmas Advent. The Story of Christ’s Birth. »

December 21st, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

The story of Christ’s birth speaks to us about the mysterious ways of God.  The Triune God acts in ways that we do not always expect! His ways are truly wonder-filled. For centuries, the Ancient Israelites had expected the Messiah. The prophets, especially Isaiah and Jeremiah, called the people to readiness and openness to God’s actions. Their message provided the people with indications about the coming Messiah. Yet, when ‘the […]

The Thirty-Sixth Day of Christmas Advent. The Voice Calls Out to Us. »

December 20th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

EVEN NOW THE VOICE CALLS OUT TO US, asking that we turn, bidding us again to prepare the way of the Lord. And most of us, most of the time, will break our hearts trying to respond as we should. Repentance—that turn of heart and mind—is not so easy to accomplish, nor do our preparations of “the way” ever feel quite complete. Still and always, the voice calls to us […]

The Thirty-Fifth Day of Christmas Advent. Would Have Been! »

December 19th, 2018    Posted in Daily Meditations

I LOVE THESE LINES IN ISAIAH; the sweetness of their assurance is absolute: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.   And my heart is broken by the verses that follow. O that you had hearkened to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea; […]