Become Human (Meditation for Christmas Eve Candlelight Service)

It is the iconic religious figure seen during Christmas time laid upon the straw watched over by Mary and Joseph. The baby in the manger. But in recent years it is also the most hotly debated and replaced image of the Christmas season. From the endless battles over whether the Nativity Scene can be shownContinue reading “Become Human (Meditation for Christmas Eve Candlelight Service)”

Hope Together (or why the nativity of soft straw and swaddling cloths is really meant for us)

Sometimes I come across a post on Facebook for all of us when we are feeling rough and down in the dumps. It says when you’re feeling like you’re at the end of your rope and you can’t hold on any longer, tie a knot. I like the “don’t give up” attitude of the postContinue reading “Hope Together (or why the nativity of soft straw and swaddling cloths is really meant for us)”

1,010

One thousand and ten. That is a number I’ve been looking at for a few weeks now. It’s the number that’s posted on the traffic alert sign on 76 coming and going to the office. While I’m driving this number blinks at me, one thousand and ten, men, women and children killed on Ohio roadwaysContinue reading “1,010”

Peace Together (or Zombie Christmas…)

Cincinnati Ohio was in the international headlines on BBC and CNN news. The headline says, “Zombie Nativity Scene draws ire in Ohio.” If you were to visit the front yard this display is in you would see three Zombie wise men, a Gloria Zombie Angel and Zombie Mary and Joseph looking down upon their zombieContinue reading “Peace Together (or Zombie Christmas…)”

“Something New” Meditation on when bad things happen…

It’s all happened like this before. I can’t count the number of times I have heard, read on Facebook or responded in my blog about this idea that the whole world is going to hell in a handbasket, this is the worse than it has ever been (especially for Christians), there are wars and rumorsContinue reading ““Something New” Meditation on when bad things happen…”

Everyone is Religious Meditation

It’s time to worship their god; adherents to this religion gladly come to their house of worship each and every week wearing their denominational colors. They place their tithe in the box and get their seats to watch the priests for their god perform the liturgical rites and ceremonies on the field far below them.Continue reading “Everyone is Religious Meditation”

The Place Next To Us At The Altar: Meditation on Dying in Jesus for All Saint’s Day

Many years back I attended a worship service at one of our Sister LCMS congregations on All Saint’s Day. I don’t remember sermon at all, which always sounds funny coming from a preacher, but it’s true. But that doesn’t always really matter, I couldn’t tell you what meal mom made for me on November 1st,Continue reading “The Place Next To Us At The Altar: Meditation on Dying in Jesus for All Saint’s Day”

Good Christian Friends Meditation

And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do notContinue reading “Good Christian Friends Meditation”

Not Alone- Meditation on Marriage, living together, getting married in the church and living apart from Jesus and the like…

It’s not good to be alone. I say this as someone who enjoys being alone, having my peace and quiet time and being by myself. While I know there are is a group of you that feel the exact opposite, you thrive being in the company of others at parties and even crowds I’m knowContinue reading “Not Alone- Meditation on Marriage, living together, getting married in the church and living apart from Jesus and the like…”

Green Ey’d Monster-Meditation on that really hard passage from Mark 9:38-50 about millstones, drowning, ripping eyeballs out and chopping off hands.

Watch out of for the green-ey’d monster, we still tell the kids sometimes, when they’re busy wanting something that someone else has, thinking what they have is better than what they have. Kind of like this extra set of green eyes that grow out of their heads always looking for something they don’t have. IContinue reading “Green Ey’d Monster-Meditation on that really hard passage from Mark 9:38-50 about millstones, drowning, ripping eyeballs out and chopping off hands.”