Category Archives: Advent

The Lord Has Come: Lace Up Your Boots (A Sermon for Christmas Sunday)

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses,Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is … Continue reading

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Radio Silence and Advent Hope

Day 2 of Advent, my favorite season on the church calendar.  Yesterday I taught a lesson on Zechariah and Elizabeth and one of the commentaries I read mentioned the “400 years of prophetic silence” that Israel had endured before, suddenly, … Continue reading

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For Christmas Morning: Victory

Maybe my favorite Christmas poem, by Elizabeth Jennings. Victory Down to that littleness, down to all that Crying and hunger, all that tiny flesh And flickering spirit – down the great stars fall, Here the great kings bow. Here the … Continue reading

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The War on Christmas (no, not that one)

But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time…as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one … Continue reading

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Another Mary Meditation: Love

Today we used the second of the monologues I wrote for our Advent services.  My sig. file (back in the days when I had a sig file) was a quote from Dostoyevsky:  “Active love is labor and fortitude.”  That quote … Continue reading

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Mary’s Meditation: Preparation

Each Sunday through  this Advent a dramatic monologue from Mary’s point of view is included in our church service.  I was assigned to write two of them, and the first of mine was presented this morning.  The theme was “preparation”, … Continue reading

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A Difficult Year Makes for a Powerful Advent

This has been a difficult year for me.  Not in external ways, mind you.  I’ve been blessed with new opportunities, good health and wonderful friends.  God has provided for us financially, and the church has been graced with a hardworking, … Continue reading

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