Monthly Archives: December 2016

“In the Bleak Midwinter”

“In the Bleak Midwinter”   In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.   Because I live in Texas, I don’t… Continue reading




Matthew 2:13-23

Matthew 2:13-23   Jesus’ story is full of bookends. In his first precious moments of life, Jesus was lovingly wrapped in strips of cloth–his swaddling clothes. In his first dark moments of death, Jesus was also lovingly wrapped in strips of cloth–his death shroud. In… Continue reading




Matthew 2:13-23

Matthew 2:13-23   This story is a hard one to hear after the wonder of last Sunday’s Christmas story. In a horrific act of fear and violence, Herod slaughters innocent children in order to protect his power and privilege. It would be great to be… Continue reading




Hebrews 2:10-18

Hebrews 2:10-18 The reading for today reminds us that faith in Christ is truly a matter of life and death. Jesus became “like us” (vs. 17) to defeat the powers of sin and darkness for all time. Sometimes it seems like we in the church… Continue reading




Psalm 148

Psalm 148 Embracing God means also being willing to embrace mystery and wonder. We believe that there is much about God that is outside of our understanding and experience. We need only to look to the stars to be reminded of how small and insignificant… Continue reading




Isaiah 63:7-9

Isaiah 63:7-9   Even though Christmas is generally a time of great joy, there are many who feel pain around the holidays. For some, this might be the first Christmas they are facing after the death of a loved one. For others, who are living… Continue reading




John 1:1-14

John 1:1-14 For the Advent season we are looking back and reflecting on the previous week’s readings. “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”… Continue reading




“Savior of the Nations, Come”

    “Savior of the Nations, Come”   For the Advent season we are looking back and reflecting on the previous week’s readings.   Savior of the nations, come; virgin’s son, make here your home. Marvel now, O heav’n and earth: God has chosen such… Continue reading




Matthew 1:18-25

Matthew 1:18-25   For the Advent season we are looking back and reflecting on the previous week’s readings.   “She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” The restoration for which Psalm… Continue reading




Matthew 1:18-25

Matthew 1:18-25   For the Advent season we are looking back and reflecting on the previous week’s readings.   he Advent litany for today highlights another aspect of hope. We call upon Jesus, ruler of the nations, as cornerstone, as foundation, who makes all people… Continue reading