Plastic Elf Smiles Need Not Apply (or permission to feel sad during Christmas because Jesus came for our sadness)

(Today is a twofer with our meditations, happy reading!) What happens when you’ve got the holiday blues? What about when you’re just not feeling the holiday spirit? Thanksgiving has come and gone, we just made it through Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. (Did I miss any?) There have been Christmas trees upContinue reading “Plastic Elf Smiles Need Not Apply (or permission to feel sad during Christmas because Jesus came for our sadness)”

What would we bring?

What gift would you bring to give to Jesus? We’ve just come out of the season of gift giving and gift buying and I’m pretty sure we’re out of the season when people wait in really long lines at the store, just to participate in that yearly holiday tradition- gift returning. But this Sunday weContinue reading “What would we bring?”

A New Year… A New Song

So this is Christmas, And what have you done. Another year over, And a new one just begun. A very merry Christmas, And a happy New Year. Let’s hope it’s a good one. Without any fear. John Lennon, “so this is Christmas.” No offense to Lennon fans, but this is really not one of my favorite songs, not least because weContinue reading “A New Year… A New Song”

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”

Peace on Earth

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, IContinue reading “Peace on Earth”

Christmas is Defiance

Driving through my neighborhood late last night on my way home from the church office, I took the long way home through my neighborhood and slowly drove by all of the brightly lit homes. It was a nice drive, looking at the different ways people have lit up their homes. There were a few thatContinue reading “Christmas is Defiance”

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”

Start at the End

“But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.” Reading that passage from today’s Epistle lessons makes me want to say that traditional call and response we say every Easter, “Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia!” Say it with me, “Christ is Risen.Continue reading “Start at the End”

Rachel Weeping on Christmas

“A voice was heard in Ramah,     weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children;     she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” Matthew 2:18 This is one of the Christmas stories that is rarely told. This was the fulfillment of the prophecies from the prophet Jeremiah, somewhere between 600 years before the ChristContinue reading “Rachel Weeping on Christmas”