Advent Lectionary | Hope, the Thing With Feathers

Advent Lectionary | Hope, the Thing With Feathers

“Hope” is the thing with feathers – That perches in the soul – And sings the tune without the words – And never stops – at all – ~ Emily Dickinson ~ My favorite teacher, on the eve of his 100th birthday, was asked by his pastor during worship...
Can You Remain Hopeful but Not Optimistic?

Can You Remain Hopeful but Not Optimistic?

A good friend recently wrote, “My usual optimism is fading.” I responded, “I am sorry to hear that your optimism is waning – but that is not necessarily a bad thing, for it is better to be realistic than optimistic. And don’t give up hope; there is a difference...
One Week in America

One Week in America

While the last seven days in America seemed normal to many citizens, a closer look reveals the incredible tension fueling divisions. From courthouses across the country to a bi-partisan infrastructure bill signed into law by President Joe Biden, a microcosm of real...
Why You Should Hold on to Hope Despite Disappointment

Why You Should Hold on to Hope Despite Disappointment

Jesus weeping over Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37 and Luke 13:34) is a relatively small brush stroke in the Synoptic portrait of his life and ministry. Yet, it is a poignant reminder of the context in which his disclosure of God’s agenda is made. As he approaches the city...