The Work of Christmas by Howard Thurman When the song of the angels is stilled, When the star in the sky is gone, When the kings and princes are home, When the shepherds are back with their flocks, The work of Christmas begins: To find the lost, To heal the broken, To feed the hungry,…
A "Poem, Prayer, Psalm, and Promise" as we prepare to enter a new year together, featuring Dietrich Bonhoeffer's poem, "By Powers of Good."
Psalm 131 offers us a beautiful but challenging image for prayer - our souls resting in God's presence like a weaned child with its mother. Here is my sonnet for this psalm, reflecting on this wonderful image.
"Do not make Mary of stone," Martin Luther said to his congregation in a famous Christmas sermon. Here is a portion of that inspiring sermon.
A very blessed and merry Christmas to you! The icon used in this quote is a picture of the one displayed at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, at the traditional site of our Lord's birth, not where anyone expected God's Son to be born. May each of you find new life and hope…
Christmas, Then and Always Past and future come together this night, Forgotten, forgiven, by Love's pure light, Bowing before this loved, unknown stranger, Wrapped now in cloth, asleep in the manger. A promise fulfilled, for all who feel lost, Sin’s firm grip to be unbound by the cross. God's beloved Son, begotten before time, Now…
What does Christmas mean for those worshiping at church, but in ways limited by this pandemic? The same as it has always meant, and more. Here is my sermon for those able to worship in person with us this Christmas Eve.
What does Christmas mean for those worshiping at home this year? The same as it has always meant, and more. Here is my sermon for our online Christmas Eve Service.
Here are two poems by Madeleine L'Engle to share with you for Christmas as part of my ongoing series of "Poems, Prayers, Psalms, and Promises."
When life doesn't go as planned, we can learn from Mary how to respond faithfully. Here is my sermon on the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38.