In the Elements

Christmas Eve Selection I, RCL, All Years Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-20 A few weeks back, here in Eagle Lake, we had a heavy rain. At times the rain was coming down in sheets. It was one of those rains where I wondered if my car would get stuck in the mud. And I hoped that the wind wouldn’t blow my umbrella backwards. There was nothing pressing that caused me to be out on this night. But, I was told that there was something to see on the outskirts of town. As I approached my destination, I saw in a barn, just off the road, a bright light shining. Inside this barn was a band of angels on the Christmas parade float. This is what I came to see and so did another 15 people.

The Mantra of the Desert

Second Sunday of Advent, Year C, RCL, Baruch 5:1-9, Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 3:1-6, Canticle 16 “Prepare the way of the Lord,” is what John the Baptist proclaims. From a desert location, far from civilization, there is a voice crying out “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Anyone who has visited a desert knows of the sprawling landscape which is harsh to anything living. Survival of the fittest is the mantra of the desert. Yet even in what may initially seem arid, bleak, and lonely, there is stunning beauty. Throughout the Bible, the desert is a place where people, especially prophets found God. In such bleak places, we find Hagar who heard God’s voice in the desert. It is where Jacob wrestles wi

Somewhere in the Future

The First Sunday of Advent Year C, RCL Jeremiah 33:14-16, 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, Luke 21:25-36, Psalm 25:1-9 Advent is rather apocalyptic, it tells of the end times that are to come, often violently. Each time we recognize Christ’s appearance on the Earth, the Earth is dramatically changed. In the beginning, in the beginning of creation, the world was formless and void. During creation, the Earth we know today was formed out of violent storms, earthquakes, and volcanic activity. This was a brutal time in which the world came into being out of the void. And Christ was there hovering over the waters in the beginning. One aspect of Advent is to recognize that Christ will come again, somewhere

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