Archive | December 2011

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Christmas Day Sunday, December 25 Psalms. 2, 85, 110.1-5, 132 Micah 4.1-5, 5.2-4 1 John 4.7-16 John 3.31-36 The news media thrives on conflict. The conflict between nations, the conflict among families, the conflict of interests, the conflict over values, or even the conflict imagined all provide grist for the mill that gives us our […]

Advent | Day 28

Saturday, December 24 Psalms 45, 46 Isaiah 59.15b-21 Galatians 3.23-4.7 Matthew 1.18- 25 One hundred eighty-eight years and one day ago a poem appeared that has exerted extensive influence around the world on the experience of the coming of St. Nicholas. It opens by depicting a situation in which “all seems well.”  Each of the […]

Advent | Day 27

Friday, December 23 Psalms 93, 96, 148, 150 Isaiah 61.1-11 Galatians 3.15-22 Luke 1.67-80 or Matthew 1.1-17 “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, […]

Advent | Day 26

Thursday, December 22 Psalms 80, 146, 147 2 Samuel 7.18-29 Galatians 3.1-14 Luke 1.57-66 The God-child arrives on Sunday, but the day is Thursday. Maundy can wait for its time. O come, O come, Emmanuel. Break into our world with such humble power as you did those many years ago. Come do what we cannot […]

Advent | Day 25

Wednesday, December 21 Psalms 72, 111, 113 2 Samuel 7.1-17 Titus 2.11-3.8a Luke 1.39-48a (48b-56) Our reading from the Gospel according to St. Luke contains one of the most powerful songs ever composed—the Magnificat of Mary. Through the centuries innumerable sermons have been preached, masterful works of music have been composed, and stunning portraits have […]

Advent | Day 24

Tuesday, December 20 Psalms 66, 67, 116, 117 1 Samuel 2:1b-10 Titus 2.1-10 Luke 1.26-38 “For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling”” (Psalm 116.8). What an incedibly hopeful time Christmas is!  Our Father chose to declare war for our hearts by sending us Jesus Christ.  […]

Advent | Day 23

Monday, December 19 Psalms 61, 62, 112, 115 Zephaniah 3.14-20 Titus 1.1-16 Luke 1.1-25 We are officially one week out from Christmas day. By this time next week we will likely have begun the post-Christmas clean-up process, started to firm up our New Year’s plans and begrudgingly begun to think about our imminent return to campus. But […]

Advent | Day 22

Sunday, December 18 Psalms 8, 24, 29, 84 Genesis 3.8-15 Revelation 12.1-10 John 3.16-21 I love to read from the Psalms and have found comfort, as well as accountability, through the words of David in so many experiences of my life. The one thing that always impresses upon my heart is David’s true wonder at […]

Advent | Day 21

Saturday, December 17 Psalms 55, 138, 139.1-17 Zechariah 8.9-17 Revelation 6.1-17 Matthew 25.31-46 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you […]

Advent | Day 20

Friday, December 16 Psalms 40, 51, 54 Zechariah 7.8-8.8 Revelation 5.6-14 Matthew 25.14-30 I love music . . . all kinds! My great regret is that I cannot play an instrument nor do I have a great singing voice. But music moves me as it does us all. Music is, as I heard someone say […]