Tag Archives: Advent

God is dangerous

Nick and Carmen Perry last week welcomed the birth of their second child, Nadia Grace. Both mother and child are doing well, but considering the challenges Nick and Carmen had to overcome to have any children at all, and after some difficulty in Nadia’s birth, “Nadia” and “Grace” seem especially appropriate names for this new […]

God Is Expectant

Christmas always begins with anticipation. As a child, what I anticipated first was not Christmas but the big annual Sears-Roebuck catalog. When it arrived, my sister and I would turn straight to the toy section and start circling all the things we wished Santa would bring us. During the weeks leading up to the Big […]

Welcoming what comes

As Advent approaches, with Christmas hard on its heels, one of the first people who come to mind for me this year is Herod. Odd, isn’t it? Sheryl’s attention turns to the Christmas movies showing on the Hallmark Channel and to the lighted reindeer we just put out to graze on the front lawn. My […]

Down in Bethlehem

Over in Bethlehem, renovations are under way on the Church of the Nativity, the basilica located at the traditional site of Jesus’ birth. It’s the first major renovation of the place in 600 years. Basic maintenance of the building, parts of which go back 1,500 years, has been neglected for decades. Now water from a […]

Bethlehem or bedlam

When I look toward Bethlehem on this first Sunday of Advent, I’m afraid all I see is bedlam. We may sing, “O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie,” but the world seems anything but still. Bethlehem and Bedlam are not far apart. In fact, Bedlam was the popular name for the […]