Tag Archives: waiting

In the darkness, leaning toward the light

In the wake of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, I’m looking for any flicker of light, any hope, in what seems to be a land of deep darkness. There’s only one place where I think I have any chance of finding it. The Washington Post (“Rock bottom: Supreme Court […]

The right words

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, […]

Imagine peace

Who still believes what was spoken to us by the Lord? “The days are surely coming,” God has promised, “when I will fulfill the promise I made” (Jer. 33:14), and on Christmas we will celebrate the arrival, roughly 2015 years ago, of those very days, the fulfillment of the Lord’s promise, in the birth of […]

Holy unpredictability

Well, it’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone, and a normal week in the rest of America. Conversation at the coffee shop turns on when we’ll get our first snowfall. Retailers are speculating about the shift of shoppers from stores to the Internet. And on a sunny workday morning two young parents walked into […]