I thought I'd try something new on this blog and share some of my favorite quotes. Here is a great quote from Charles Dickens, and a favorite picture of mine from my first child's first Christmas.
Psalm 146 reminds us to place our ultimate trust and hope in the Lord our God rather than in any political leader. Here is a sonnet that I wrote based on this psalm.
In this bleak midwinter in which we find ourselves, I thought I would share a few reflections inspired by this beautiful poem and beloved Christmas carol, "In the Bleak Midwinter."
A nonet for all who feel burdened by life's many responsibilities.
Finding joy in a challenging year can be difficult, but we can always find joy in the Lord. Here is my sermon for the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday.
Here is a sonnet inspired by Paul's words in First Thessalonians, "Do not quench the Spirit."
Today, I am thinking with gratitude of one of my spiritual mentors and heroes in the faith, Thomas Merton, who died this day, December 10th. My life of faith has been deeply influenced by this remarkable man, so here are a few thoughts that I feel led to share.
Here is a devotion written by Madeleine L'Engle that I am sharing at our Advent Vespers Service this week.
I wrote and shared this last December, but found it helpful to re-read this year, so I thought I would reblog it today. It is shared with the prayer that all who find this Christmas season difficult would find renewed peace in the child born for us, who came to be our Prince of Peace.
When I was a child, I often found myself a little disappointed after Christmas. Has that ever happened to you? All of that anticipation and excitement, and then, suddenly, it was over. I couldn’t help but feel a little sad. And if I am honest, I have to admit that there have been times as an adult when I have also found myself a little disappointed after Christmas.
I was reminded of this when I came across a surprising passage in the Old Testament that gave me new insight into my Christmas disappointments. It is a passage in Jeremiah, which was obviously written long before the birth of Christ, and even longer before we began celebrating Christmas, but when I read it I couldn’t help but think about our Christmas traditions. Here is the passage:
Thus says the Lord: Do not learn the way of the nations, or be dismayed…
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Take up your cross, Jesus said, and follow him. But what if the cross we are asked to bear is not one we want? Here is a poem reflecting on this question.