devotional

The Light of the World

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined (Isaiah 9:2 NRSV). What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the…

Do Not Be Afraid

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah” (Luke 1:13 ESV). And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary” (Luke 1:30 ESV). An angel of the Lord appeared to [Joseph} in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear” (Matthew 1:20 ESV) And the angel said to…

Why I Celebrate Advent

Today I was surprised to read someone’s prickly remarks about Advent. Their comments watered the sacred tradition of Advent, its candles and liturgy and reflections, into the spiritual equivalent of weak tea. I was startled. And confused. But those comments led me to reflect and ask myself the question, “Why do I celebrate Advent?” I celebrate Advent…