Earthly Places and Heavenly Peace

But the angel said to them…., “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:10, 11-12) Life seems so ordinary sometimes. …

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Lifting Up the Lowly

Things just aren’t the way they’re supposed to be.   On most days we know this abstractly, but we don’t feel it in our gut.  We’re busy just getting by and making our own little corner of the universe as tidy–or at least as uncluttered–as we can make it. There are home repairs to make,…

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Where Was God In That?

For most of us, Friday started like any other day.  A long work week was coming to an end.  Holiday shopping and parties probably added extra fun and maybe a little extra stress for many of us.  That’s how it was in Louisiana.  And I imagine that the people of Newtown, Connecticut, would tell you…

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A Response to the Connecticut Tragedy

Here is a note that I sent to the people of Western Louisiana. Dear Friends, The shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, have come at a particularly cruel time.  We allow our hearts–hardened by so much struggle and toil and busyness in the rest of the year–to assume a youthful tenderness during in the Yuletide.  We hope, we…

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Friends and Strangers

You might expect a prophet to be a bit off-putting.  By reputation they dispense criticism and judgment with an accusatory harshness.  At various points John the Baptist affirms these low expectations, but not today.  Instead, on this day he brings encouraging news. The first we hear from him in Luke’s Gospel is not from him…

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Kingdom Come

Jesus tells us that the Kingdom of God is drawing near.  He doesn’t say this the way the airlines tell us about arrival times.  “Flight 7715 is delayed.  We can’t tell you why no matter how much you complain.  We’ll tell you when it gets here.  In the meantime, you’ll just have to wait.”  …

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