“Standing on Tiptoe”

Matthew 24:36-44 “Therefore you also must be ready; for the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” I was just wondering, now that we are standing at the threshold of another Advent season, with just 4 weeks to Christmas, 23 more shopping days:  do you have everything under control?  Have you made your list?  Checked… Read more →

“Life Expectancy”

Mark 13:34-37 “Watch, therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house will come…watch!” The great Yogi Berra, famous not only for his baseball, but also for his proverbial words of wisdom, once said, “You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.”  Randy Pausch never dreamed that 400 people would pack… Read more →

In the Midst of the Mess

The Hanging of the Greens at Christmas 2007 I love Christmas. Except for one thing: it’s such a mess. Bringing real trees that once grew in a forest into the house, with needles falling like rain into your rugs, bringing up boxes from the basement covered with dust, bringing home gifts, boxes, bags from shopping expeditions, and the wrapping of… Read more →

Broken Wings and Busted Halos

At our annual children’s Christmas pageant,  I was sitting in a front pew among the ranks of little girls dressed in their brand new angel costumes as they waited patiently waited for their cue to go on stage and sing.  (Did I say “patiently”?)  It must have seemed a small eternity to these littlest ones, for first they fidgeted, whispered,… Read more →

To Soften Our Hearts

“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem…” Isaiah 40, 1-2, 16 “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us…” Luke 1:67-79 Again and again in scripture we are warned about spiritual danger of “hardness of heart”—the closed mind, the closed heart, the closed doors.  Speaking of closed doors,… Read more →