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  • THURSDAY, December 8

    This chapter of Luke presents opposing preparations. We may not realize it, but in the less dramatic settings and less renowned actors of our own lives, opposing forces play out all the time.

    I live near Cincinnati, where many people are destroying their bodies with dang....

  • WEDNESDAY, December 7

    My friend Jackson has a denervated heart. That’s a heart that is not connected to his nervous system. If you startle him, he will feel startled, but his heart will not react by pumping blood faster. This is a life-threatening disorder.

    My husband and I met Jackson in c....

  • TUESDAY, December 6

    Once when I was in college, I visited a Baptist church. The time came to pass the peace—exchanging handshakes with fellow worshipers. I turned to the man next to me and said, “I’m sorry I don’t know your name—I’m not a member of this church.” His reply astounded me: “Today you came h....
  • MONDAY, December 5

    Since home ownership is deemed to stabilize capitalist economies, many countries encourage their citizens to take loans and buy homes. This, however, has a dark side as old as the Bible: greed, speculation, trickery.

    Remember the housing bubble bust in 2007 and 2008? Aft....

  • SUNDAY, December 4      Advent 2

    You may have heard of John Wycliffe, who produced the first handwritten English translation of the Bible in the 1300s. Or perhaps you know the names of William Tyndale or Myles Coverdale, the first to print the New Testament and then the whole Bible in English. One name you may not know is Casidoro ....
  • SATURDAY, December 3

    When I was a missionary in Paraguay, I was assigned to work with a local young man named Neri. He had barely finished high school, and I was a college graduate. We were poorly matched.

    Neri’s lifelong ambition was to become a beekeeper. “When Jesus returns in all his....

  • FRIDAY, December 2

    A while ago I watched a video about the “Jungle,” a shantytown in Calais, France, built and inhabited by thousands of migrants. The video features David, a young man from Eritrea. With a hammer, a handsaw, and discarded plywood, David was building a church. “You need quality time with yourself....
  • THURSDAY, December 1

    Twelve years ago, when my doctor recommended I add vigorous cardiovascular activity to my life, we adopted a beagle mix named Patches. Her entire attitude echoes the psalmist’s gratitude—God is generous and life is good.

    Patches wags her tail with gusto every time we....

  • WEDNESDAY, November 30      Saint Andrew the Apostle

    Have you ever seen a sunrise that steals your breath? Creation yawns into morning, with first amber light rising on the horizon.

    Have you ever stretched out on a field, damp grass and cool ground, and watched the clouds dance?

    Do you walk the b....

  • TUESDAY, November 29

    My spiritual practice during one Lent was to give up obsessing about my enemy. This coworker was difficult, tempestuous, deceitful. I spent hours each week wondering why the person had done or said certain things—and what might happen next. Many lunchtime conversations centered around this topic, ....
  • MONDAY, November 28

    Hammer Man, my dad called. And I stepped right up, offering the hammer from my little hands to his, large and calloused. A handy man, my dad often called us into the garage to help him with his latest project. Having such an important job made me feel valued and loved. It took years before I ....
  • SUNDAY, November 27     1 Advent

    These words of the psalmist echoed through my visit to Jerusalem. The highlight of our trip was to be a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of the holiest spots in all of Christendom. According to tradition, the church contains the site where Jesus was crucified and the empty tomb.

  • SATURDAY, November 26

    Sometimes the courage of a daughter inspires her mother.

    Unbeknownst to me, our daughter contacted the parents of a friend. Her friend was making questionable decisions, and our daughter was worried. As you can imagine, the words snitch and tattletale (among others) flew....

  • FRIDAY, November 25

    Stones play a starring role in some of the biggest stories of the Bible: Moses writes the ten commandments on two slabs of stone; the twelve tribes of Israel build a stone altar of sacrifice on the River Jordan. The stone the builders reject becomes the chief cornerstone, and Peter is the rock upon ....
  • THURSDAY, November 24     Thanksgiving Day

    Her lips had not touched a chalice for forty years. On her annual visits from Germany to a small town in Kentucky, she sometimes came to church, but she stayed in the pew while others went forward for Holy Communion. When she lost a child four decades ago, a priest criticized and belittled her inste....
  • WEDNESDAY, November 23

    My knowledge of Zacchaeus comes mostly from the children’s song. Here’s the earworm: “Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he.”

    While this song continues to play in the stereo of your mind, let’s talk about Zacchaeus: a tax collector and, acc....

  • TUESDAY, November 22

    Until today, I read this passage with a focus on the importance of Jesus as the foundation, the solid rock on which the Church is built and my own life should be. But one of the delights of reading and hearing scripture time and again is that new words and ideas jump out. This time, it’s the phras....
  • MONDAY, November 21

    Every Sunday is a rush for a mother with young children. The pressure to make an early arrival (or at least not a late one) increases when you add the component that we’re a clergy family. It does not look great to arrive after Daddy starts preaching.

    So I wasn’t sup....

  • SUNDAY, November 20     26 Pentecost

    Many Christians celebrate today as the feast of Christ the King—though for us, this celebration is in theme and not an official holy day. Nevertheless, our readings and collect draw us to the kingship of Christ.

    In our own day, the dominion of a king is an unfamiliar a....

  • SATURDAY, November 19

    Lord knows we like to justify our behavior by casting ourselves in a favorable light. We might be bad. But thank God we’re not as bad as a friend or a coworker. We might be mean and selfish, but that guy down the street is way worse. Most of us are just like the Pharisee, propping ourselves up on ....

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