Why This Troubled World Should Go On

Why This Troubled World Should Go On

When we hold a baby, we cradle possibility and touch tomorrow. As Carl Sandburg said in his book, Remembrance Rock, “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” Mary and Joseph brought their baby to the temple to do what Torah, the Law of Moses, required of...
Have Yourself a ‘Mary’ Little Christmas

Have Yourself a ‘Mary’ Little Christmas

This has been a tumultuous year. From COVID-19, to the George Floyd and Brianna Taylor murders, to the most insane election season in American political history, to the normal challenges associated with life, 2020 has been unlike any other. Yet, we still find...
Joy and Justice: Two Sides of Same Coin

Joy and Justice: Two Sides of Same Coin

Joy and justice have become two necessary sides of the same coin in this unforgettable year. I have needed both joy and justice to make it through a year of unprecedented collective grief. Christians believe in a God who loves justice, as Isaiah 61:8 proclaims. So, it...
Advent – A Divided Nation’s Time for Choosing

Advent – A Divided Nation’s Time for Choosing

My longstanding default concept of the season of Advent has been a “time of preparation,” when both the material activities and the spiritual reflections focus on the coming gift of Christmas and all that it means for our faith orientation to life. This year’s Advent...