The Advent of Joy

Love your neighbor as yourself. From Matthew 22:19 As I strung lights around our Christmas Tree, I remembered my mom doing the same half a century ago. I loved watching her transform the year’s bare tree into our living room’s centerpiece. While perched on a small ladder, she placed ornaments strategically. Those that reflected most … Continue reading

Never Disappointed!

God will be gracious to you when you cry out; as soon as God hears, God will answer you. From Isaiah 30:19 I’ll never forget Joey… It was early December during the year I was assigned to teach second grade. A little boy in my class arrived at school in tears. It was the eve … Continue reading

God Knows and God Cares

They laid them at his feet and he cured them… “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd.” From Matthew 15:30 My joyful Advent journey took a turn earlier today. It’s difficult to read about the miracles of Jesus when so many suffer in the here and now. Oddly, I deal with my own … Continue reading

Peace… Bring It Everywhere

The wolf shall be the guest of the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to lead them. Isaiah 11:6 As I continue my Advent journey, it occurs to me that I long for the same things that the … Continue reading

Fill The Void

On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. Isaiah 11:1 Though the cold has set in, a squirrel appeared this morning to eat from beneath our bird feeders. The birds who feast high above drop a generous measure of seed onto the grass … Continue reading

Do Your Thing!

How blessed are the poor in spirit; the reign of God is theirs. Matthew 5:3 When I flipped my calendar to December, I realized that only twenty-four days remained until Christmas. Today, only twenty-three days remain! When I consider our Christmas Eve schedule, I realize that we have only twenty-two days to accomplish all that … Continue reading