Monthly Archives: December 2012

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13

Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 “For everything there is a season … a time for every matter under heaven.” Today, we find ourselves at the end of one calendar year and at the commencement of another. We take account of what has happened in the world at large… Continue reading




The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended

The Day You Gave Us, Lord, Has Ended This grand song has been in several Lutheran hymnals. We don’t get to sing it very often, though, because it is an evening hymn. It is enjoyable for its modern cosmology; the earth spins on its axis… Continue reading




Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger As she drove to visit a home-bound man, Pastor Cindy thought back on the hard year she had had personally. When their visit seemed over, he said, “I love ‘Away in a Manger,'” he laughed. “An old man and a lullaby!”… Continue reading




Matthew 2:13-18

Matthew 2:13-18 It had been two weeks since she’d lost her child to miscarriage. It was torturous navigating the family Christmas gathering: the unrestrained joy of the young cousins, her sister holding her healthy two-year-old in her pregnant lap, trying not to look happy. In… Continue reading




John 21:20-25

John 21:20-25 At the end of the Gospel of John (21:24-25), the gospel writer’s community added a postscript before they published the Gospel. They made two observations: 1) They trusted the writer and vouched for him. 2) The Gospel didn’t tell all the stories about… Continue reading




Acts 6:8-7:2a

Acts 6:8-7:2a “I can’t forgive him. I hate him!” It wasn’t a very pious attitude, but it was honest. “Him” was the thief that had broken into his home, stolen some valuables and senselessly destroyed things that had little street value, but were precious and… Continue reading




Merry Christmas to eveyone and a Happy Birthday to my Savior! ! !

Luke 2:8-20 In one of my former parishes, we used to invite a “Theologian in Residence” to live among us for eight days. I especially remember our time with Gerhard Frost. Our congregation was rapidly growing, but we also were experiencing a growing number of… Continue reading




Luke 2:1-7

Luke 2:1-7 Edna Hong, in her book, “Bright Valley of Love,” tells the true story of a young boy with multiple disabilities in Germany by the name of Gunther. He heard about Jesus for the first time at about six or seven years old, when… Continue reading




Silent Night

Silent Night On this last Sunday in Advent, when our focus is on Mary, it seems appropriate that we choose a quiet and reflective hymn. The night before and during Jesus’ birth was anything but silent in the outside world. But as this homeless couple… Continue reading




Divinity Clothed with Dust

Divinity Clothed with Dust It is said that Henry David Thoreau once spent a whole day in Walden Pond up to his neck in the water. His idea was to see and experience the world as a frog sees it. But Thoreau did not become… Continue reading