When Righteousness and Peace Kiss

When Righteousness and Peace Kiss

The second Sunday of Advent – the week we set fire to the Peace candle – has confused me for as long as I can remember. The cluster of texts in Year B, our current cycle, sends mixed messages of comfort and dismay, restoration and destruction, and the hope for renewal...
Bringing Your Crumpled Hope to Advent

Bringing Your Crumpled Hope to Advent

I was ordained seven years ago in the season of Advent. I can remember with great enthusiasm and expectation entering through the double doors seeing the community of faith who first called me pastor gathered to participate and bless the call on my life. That kind of...
Is Your Life Composed of Seasons or a Journey?

Is Your Life Composed of Seasons or a Journey?

The shortening days alert us that the winter solstice is not far away. It’s a time of dramatic change. The days reverse their decline and begin again to expand. It will be the beginning of winter, when, even as the days grow longer, they grow colder. People in ancient...
Family Practices to Make Advent Sacred

Family Practices to Make Advent Sacred

The four weeks leading up to Christmas Day are called Advent, from the Latin adventus, meaning “coming” or “arrival.” It is a season of waiting and preparation before the birth of Jesus, a time to prepare our hearts and our homes for the arrival of the baby Jesus. The...