Ash Wednesday

Repent and believe in the Gospel. That is one of the traditional phrases said during the Ash Wednesday service, as the ashes from the burning of last year’s Palm Sunday palms are placed on each person’s forehead in the sign of the cross. Repent and believe in the Gospel. The Ash Wednesday Service begins ourContinue reading “Ash Wednesday”

Where you are planted…

When Shiloh and I bought our first home in Galloway NJ, we planted a tree. I remember the experience because it was one of those first big kinds of milestones in our life. We had been living in dorms and then apartments, then rented houses, but now this was our house, it was exciting andContinue reading “Where you are planted…”

Tears for Christmas-Meditation for Holy Innocents Sunday

Two days after Christmas, I heard from one of my old friends that they had lost someone close to them that very day. When someone’s grief is so raw and poignant, there really isn’t anything you can say. They just want to feel, to fight and to scream no, this shouldn’t be how it is!Continue reading “Tears for Christmas-Meditation for Holy Innocents Sunday”

O Christmas Tree- Meditation

O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum, How lovely are thy branches! Not only green when summer’s here But in the coldest time of year. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are thy branches!  Do you have your Christmas tree up yet? We don’t but we’ve got a goal, to have it up by the latest,Continue reading “O Christmas Tree- Meditation”

“Cliche Church?” Mediation

Sitting in the hospital waiting room, waiting for your wife’s surgery to finish is not the time that you want to hear anything pat or clichéd. Things like: “Don’t worry, she’ll be fine,” or even Christianish things like “God will never give you more than you can handle,” or even “don’t worry, God is inContinue reading ““Cliche Church?” Mediation”