Dec 17, 2014

Advent Reflection: God’s Promise to David

Psalm 89:1-52
In our Advent reflection today, we remember that we are waiting for the one who is the Son of David, the rightful king of Israel. Psalm 89 accentuates this kind of waiting, first by celebrating God’s unfailing love, which was expressed through the Lord’s covenant with David. The Lord promised:...Read more +
Dec 16, 2014

Advent Reflection: The Child to Be Born

Isaiah 9:1-7
Perhaps one of the clearest prophetic texts in all of Scripture appears in Isaiah 9. I cannot read Isaiah 9:6 without two immediate associations. First, I hear in my memory the mighty chorus of Händel’s “Messiah”: “For unto us a child is born …." Second, I think of Jesus, the...Read more +
Dec 15, 2014

Advent Reflection: Praise

Luke 1:57-66
I have a friend who tends to look on the dark side of things. No matter the subject, chances are he'll come out with something negative. Now I like my friend for lots of reasons, but I sure wish he'd learn to be a little more positive once in a...Read more +
Dec 14, 2014

Can We Eat Together?

Zephaniah 3:17
Standing not much more than three feet tall, with little braids bouncing around her head, Christina was ridiculously cute. She was small for her age and clearly undone by her family’s sudden life change from a home to a shelter. We knew she was having a hard adjustment because she...Read more +
Dec 13, 2014

Middle Ground

Romans 15:12-13
Between the broken beauty of birth and the resolved silence of death is a promise. It’s like a Phoenix rising from ashes. But first we wait. This middle ground is where we live. This is where we wait. This is the advent of hope. Waiting, no matter how long, ultimately...Read more +
Dec 12, 2014

Advent Reflection: Faith

Luke 1:39-45
Every now and then while I’m channel surfing on TV, I pause to listen to a preacher. It’s not uncommon to hear televangelists talk about how faith is the key to being blessed by God. “If you will only believe,” they insist, “then God will bless you.” Often that blessing...Read more +
Dec 11, 2014

Advent Reflection: Mary

Luke 1:26-38
In yesterday’s reflection , we consider Zechariah’s hesitant and doubtful response to the angel’s news that Elizabeth, his elderly wife, would bear a son. Today’s Scripture passage portrays a different response to God’s surprises. Once again, our passage is full of surprises. No doubt Mary was startled by the angel’s...Read more +
Dec 10, 2014

Advent Reflection: Zechariah

Luke 1:5-25
Every now and then, God surprises us. I’m not thinking about daily gifts of grace, the little delights that come regularly and unexpectedly. Rather, I’m speaking of big surprises, the sort that come as if out of nowhere, the surprises that stun us and threaten to turn our lives around,...Read more +
Dec 9, 2014

Advent Reflection: Streams in the Desert...

Psalm 126:1-6
Where I live in the Texas Hill Country, hundreds of creeks meander through the oak-covered hills, canyons, and ranches. A few of these creeks run year round, but most are seasonal. Many of the creeks are, in fact, dry most of the time. This has been especially true during the...Read more +
Dec 8, 2014

Advent Reflection: Waiting with Joy

Zephaniah 3:14-20
This is the second week of Advent, a season of preparation for celebrating the birth of the Savior. The main mood of Advent is one of serious hope. It’s a time more of quiet longing than loud celebration. But many Christians let Advent be a time of joy. Even as...Read more +