Christmas is finally over and you can tell, I’ve been with the kids battling (reluctantly) some of the after Christmas craziness trying to spend a few gift cards that were burning a hole in the kid’s pockets. But now we are coming up on one more holiday after Christmas, New Years. This holiday is aContinue reading “Nothing…”

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”

There and back again…

On December 17th of this year a childhood dream of mine is going to be realized. I have waited years upon years for this day and its almost here. What is this important day? You don’t know? It is the day that the final installment of the Hobbit movie franchise opens in theaters! When IContinue reading “There and back again…”

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”

“Love Goes…”

God is love. I want you to think about what love does. We have a beautiful list in Holy Scripture that is recounted at nearly every Christian wedding, called the way of love from I Corinthians 13 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. ItContinue reading ““Love Goes…””

“They thought they were drunk…”

“They thought they were drunk…” Sometimes, people who haven’t actually read the Bible come up with this rather silly notion, that the Bible was written much later than it was, written by the winners of history (so to speak) to make the disciples and the Christian faith look good. So, we don’t actually have toContinue reading ““They thought they were drunk…””

“What you say matters”

What you say matters. Obviously, right? Maybe not always? We were raised with useless rhymes like “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” But we know deep down inside that words hurt more than sticks and stones ever could. Words shape the core of who we are. Words canContinue reading ““What you say matters””