Waiting in the Darkness

This is an adapted version of the sermon I preached yesterday, the First Sunday of Advent. The gospel reading was Luke 21:25-36. I must confess: this sermon drew a lot from a sermon by Frederick Buechner entitled "Waiting," found in his book Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons. I hope I haven't breached … Continue reading Waiting in the Darkness

Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the past 26 days, I’ve been publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. It's now Christmas Day, so here is 2017's poem. Merry Christmas! If you're not familiar with … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXVI: “Christmas at Darkwater Church”

Christmas Poem XXV: “If Christmas Were”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2016. If Christmas were a cloud, it would always snow … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXV: “If Christmas Were”

Christmas Poem XXIV: “Canticle of the Angels”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2015.  My soul doth magnify the Lord Who saves from … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXIV: “Canticle of the Angels”

Christmas Poem XXIII: “Reminders on the Tree”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2014. It tells the stories of four ornaments that hang … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXIII: “Reminders on the Tree”

Christmas Poem XXII: “Snowflakes Fall”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2013. Snowflakes fall on city streets Slowing cars and crunching … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXII: “Snowflakes Fall”

Christmas Poem XXI: “The Snowflake Star”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2012. I took my 3-year-old daughter to Bethlehem, PA that … Continue reading Christmas Poem XXI: “The Snowflake Star”

Christmas Poem XX: “I Stayed Awake One Christmas”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2011. I stayed awake one Christmas night To see if … Continue reading Christmas Poem XX: “I Stayed Awake One Christmas”

Christmas Poem XIX: “The Hidden Noel”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2010.  They grow up so soon, they grow up so … Continue reading Christmas Poem XIX: “The Hidden Noel”

Christmas Poem XVIII: “Something’s Brewing this Christmas”

Every year, I write a poem for Christmas, and include it in my Christmas cards to friends and family. For the days leading up to Christmas, I'm publishing all of my Christmas poems here, as a kind of Advent calendar. Today's poem was written in 2009, the first Christmas of my oldest child Zoe. My … Continue reading Christmas Poem XVIII: “Something’s Brewing this Christmas”