New Life and Responsibility

The Lord took Abram outside and said: “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.  Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”  Genesis 15:5 Early this morning a young couple who are very dear friends gave birth to their first child.  I awoke, from a fairly restless and anxious night,[read more]

To Each Individual

There are different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.  To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7 Yesterday I was[read more]

Fear and New Life

“God raised this Jesus; of this we are all witnesses.  Exalted at the right hand of God, he poured forth the promise of the Holy Spirit that he received from the Father, as you both see and hear.” Acts 2:32-33 And behold, Jesus met them on their way and greeted them.  They approached, embraced his[read more]

Let Us Go Now To Bethlehem

And it  happened that, as the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this story that has unfolded, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And hastening they went and found both Joseph and Mary, and the baby lying in the[read more]

Mastery or Mystery

Great and wonderful are your works, / Lord God almighty. / Just and true are your ways, / O king of the nations. / Who will not fear you, Lord, / or glorify your name? / For you alone are holy. / All the nations will come / and worship before you, / for your[read more]

Change As Awful and "Awe-full"

Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us, / he sets himself against our doings, / Reproaches us for transgressions of the law / and charges us with violations of our training. / He professes to have knowledge of God / and styles himself a child of the Lord. / To[read more]

Contemplation and Abandonment

“Why has the Lord permitted us to be defeated today by the Philistines?” 1 Samuel 4:3 A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “if you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched the leper, and said to him, “I do will it.[read more]

The Presumption of Knowing

What is our greatest obstacle to change, reformation, and transformation in both our personal and shared lives? One of the ways we navigate the mystery of life is by an arrogant presumption that we know and understand. This is most at work in us in the most familiar settings of our lives.[read more]