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

Does Christmas Have a Meaning Anymore?

It's mid-morning on December 25. My kids have opened their presents, and they're happily playing with new toys. We're expecting extended family to arrive in a little while. It's a lull in the excitement and the busyness of this queen of all holidays. And I'm thinking about the "true meaning of Christmas." I've been inspired … Continue reading Does Christmas Have a Meaning Anymore?

Christmas Poem XVI: “O What is this Night”

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 2007. O what is this night, This night full of … Continue reading Christmas Poem XVI: “O What is this Night”

Christmas Poem X: “The House Where It’s Always 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 2001; I was a newlywed. This poem is about my … Continue reading Christmas Poem X: “The House Where It’s Always Christmas”

Christmas Poem IX: “On a December Day”

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 2000, my first Christmas out of school. This was a … Continue reading Christmas Poem IX: “On a December Day”

Christmas Poem VII: “Maybe It Will Snow”

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 1998, when I was a student at seminary.   Maybe … Continue reading Christmas Poem VII: “Maybe It Will Snow”

A New Kind of Advent

Last evening, the congregation council of the church where I serve as pastor approved a 12-week medical leave of absence for me, to begin January 2, 2017. So I've got about five weeks now until that starts. The season of Advent just began, a season of waiting and preparing, watching and seeking. That's how I … Continue reading A New Kind of Advent