Showing posts from December, 2009

The reason we sing

The Reason We Sing Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church 4th Week of Advent, 12/20/09 L uke 1:39-55  In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’  And Mary said, 
‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
    Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
    and ho

On Seeing Santa

 " Have you been a good boy this year?"  "No. I haven't.  Sometimes I hit Maisy. And sometimes I am mean to her." But honey, you've been a good boy. You've apologized when you've been mean to your sister, and she has forgiven you. It's ok. You have been a good boy this year.  When he asks, you can say yes." "No Mom. I have been mean to my sister. I have not been a good boy."    We were prepping for our visit to Santa, and I found myself in the middle of several ethical and theoretical dilemmas.  My dear, introspective five year old could not bring himself to say that he had been a good boy (whatever that means anyway).  This discussion had followed immediately on the heals of a strange conversation about why we could NOT bring Santa some pumpkin bread as a gift.  Why not?  Their teachers got pumpkin bread. We gave it to our friends. Why in the world wouldn't we bring some for Santa?    The whole reason we were going anyw

Advent's Audacity

Preparing and Waiting: Second Sunday of Advent Malachi 3:1-4 See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. Luke 3:1-6 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilen