Tag Archives: Incarnation

Look again

It’s an old question, as old as the human story. When will God visit this world, this middle ground between heaven and hell, to grant our ancient yearning and set things right? How long will the earth yield thorns and thistles for all our hard work; how long will we have to till the ground […]

Hope rising

Every year I complain about the season’s rush toward Christmas with its apparently irresistible and irreversible consumerism. Every year I hold out hope that the true meaning of Advent might dominate the headlines and our calendars, or at least dominate my attention. And every year hectic preparation bullies aside the opportunity to appreciate “how silently, […]

So this is Christmas

“So this is Christmas.” John Lennon’s words have been ringing in my head since I awoke on this Christmas Day in 2015. Today I want to make the phrase a question – So this is Christmas? – like Peggy Lee’s “Is that all there is?” except I don’t feel that cynical. During my morning walk […]

God is everywhere for everyone

The best laid schemes of mice and men, poet Robert Burns observed, often go astray.1 It’s a truth I remembered as I started thinking, as I do every year after Christmas, about the canticle of Simeon, who had waited a lifetime for the Messiah and who was there when an eight-day-old Jesus was presented at […]

God is here for us

Dale Carnegie, the great self-improvement author of more than a half-century ago, claimed you can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. That’s good advice for the church, too. I think it even works with […]

The God in us

Here’s a story that may be perfect for Memorial Day and the sixth Sunday of Easter. It’s about an old man and his wife sitting in the parking lot of a supermarket. They’re having engine trouble, and the hood of their car is raised. A younger man approaches, and the older man steps out of […]

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 […]

True freedom

Once in a while when Sheryl and I are feeling especially stressed, one of us will ask, “Can we run away now?” It’s a wry joke between us. We know we have more blessings than we can count, and though at times it’s difficult to affirm, my faith tells me I’m exactly where God wants […]

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 […]