Posts written by Ben

Luke 3:1-6

Luke 3:1-6 I don’t wait very well. I hate to wait in line for anything. But the worst kind of waiting is when I am not sure that what I am waiting for will ever happen. I had triple mini strokes a few months back.… Continue reading




Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers

Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers The Advent imagery of this hymn is waiting for the greatest of all weddings to take place. The whole world waited for wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton to take place last spring. Part of my family has lived in Windsor,… Continue reading




My Lord, What a Morning

My Lord, What a Morning Marian Anderson sang this African American spiritual as a part of her 1939 Easter Sunday concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. This world-renowned contralto was denied the opportunity to sing at Constitution Hall because of her race. “My… Continue reading




Luke 21:25-36

Luke 21:25-36 “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down … Be alert at all times.” An associate shared this story. It was 1:00 a.m. and I was making my rounds as a night watchman on the 17th floor of a lower-loop… Continue reading




I Thessalonians 3:9-13

I Thessalonians 3:9-13 “Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you.” Paul waits to get together with his friends with the sure and certain hope that one day they will all be a part of Jesus’ welcoming… Continue reading




Psalm 25:1-10

Psalm 25:1-10 “Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Henny taught me what the Psalmist was waiting and yearning for. She grew up in orphanages in her early years… Continue reading




Jeremiah 33:14-16

Jeremiah 33:14-16 Advent is a time of waiting with anticipation. Children visit Santa with their long lists. Adults may buy an extra lottery ticket to fuel their dreams. The biggest Christmas gift I ever received was one that never really physically happened, but was still… Continue reading




Luke 21:25-36

Luke 21:25-36 The year was 1924. Ingvald said good-bye to Bertha and his two preschool-aged sons, and set sail from Norway to America. It was the land of promise. Life was bleak for Ingvald and his young family if they stayed in Norway. Ingvald promised… Continue reading




This is My Father’s World

This is My Father’s World My father nearly died a few weeks ago and is stable now only because medical technology has advanced so far in the last few years. As I write, our family is waiting to hear what is next. We do not… Continue reading




Crown Him with Many Crowns

Crown Him with Many Crowns I get a little antsy when we sing songs like this. When Jesus starts wearing crowns, I’m afraid it’s only a few steps away from draping him in flags and claiming him for one political faction or another. The only… Continue reading