Narrative Lectionary: Messy Feelings

The first time I ran across Isaiah 42 verse 1 was when I was preparing my mother’s homegoing service in November of 2002.  The words, “Here is my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights,” brought me some comfort and a bit of peace at the time. This morning, the more… Read More

Wednesday Prayer

Holy One, The Psalmist cries out “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Protect our hearts as we work for justice and peace—that they not become hardened and bitter or so broken that we stop loving our neighbor, ourselves, and even You. Protect our minds as we take in all that is… Read More

Friday Festival: Christmas Joy

With all the strains of the world, with all the stresses of extra Advent/Christmas church events & worship services & family get-togethers & present-shopping, with all the ghosts of past expectations & all the spirits of current nail-biting hopes, the proximity of Christmas dares to proclaim something radically different: JOY! JOY: “a whisper, a hint.… Read More

Revised Common Lectionary: Joy

What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Someone reclining in comfort? Someone with an unending smile? What then did you expect to see when you went looking for joy? This coming Sunday’s Revised Common Lectionary readings combine to provide a picture of joy that — while familiar in the… Read More