Monthly Archives: December 2010

Morning grace

Yesterday’s snow is piled up everywhere, heavily troweled icing overlaying every surface, slumping up the trunks of the trees, outlining every railing, branch, even the wire baskets and twigs. The rough places on the tree trunks have caught and held … Continue reading

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“Overwhelmed by joy …”

“When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.” Matt 2:10 Sometimes when you read a familiar old story, something in it jumps out at you. Reading the words of the texts for this Sunday, ruminating … Continue reading

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Texts for December 26, 2010

Isaiah 60:1-6 The Ingathering of the Dispersed Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise … Continue reading

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Between Advent and Christmas: Are we there yet?

Cross-posted from Rougher Places … Tonight’s nearly full moon is gleaming on the snow beds still lingering here and there around the house. This morning’s drive to church began in the “blow flurries” of wind-scattered tufts of snow falling from … Continue reading

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Advent never ends …

In yesterday’s texts, King David appears to be having a chat with God: Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and said, ‘Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me … Continue reading

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There is no longer male and female

I am looking back to the beginning, of this blog, of Advent. Two Advent hymns in particular have shaped my love of the season: O come, o come Immanuel and Comfort, comfort O my people. The last verse of this … Continue reading

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Speak the word

When peeking through a 2000-year-old window, it’s a good idea to polish up the glass. So, let’s get out the cleaning rags to help us read today’s story, about a centurion — by definition a Gentile, in the Roman military’s … Continue reading

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Awash in waters of love

Cross-posted from Rougher Places … Reading today’s texts — Psalm 42 with its imagery of a deer longing for flowing streams, and then Ezekiel’s vision of healing waters flowing from the temple, growing from a trickle to a flood — … Continue reading

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At the corner of Holy Way and Foggy Bottom

Isaiah dreamed of the coming of Israel’s Anointed One, the one who would make everything right. His dreams took the shape of the most amazing things he had seen: the desert not only blooming but singing with blossoms; weak hands … Continue reading

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Advent virtual coat drive

For those of you weary of the justice talk coming out of these Advent texts, John the Baptist has just the word: And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has … Continue reading

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