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...
When Night Sky Urges Us to Be Light for Others

When Night Sky Urges Us to Be Light for Others

We are living in a very cold and dark time. Yes, it is cold outside and, yes, the darkness at this time of year is significant. And yet, we all know that COVID-19 – the loss of friends and loved ones, the loss of income and employment, the reality of illness and...
Happy Birthday to Herr Beethoven – at 250

Happy Birthday to Herr Beethoven – at 250

Were Charlie Brown’s Schroeder still with us, he would probably be bent over his toy piano today singing, “Happy Birthday” to Beethoven – his 250th! We’re not certain that the 16th is his birthday; we know only that he was baptized on the 17th at Bonn’s Church of St....
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...