My daughter was born two days before Christmas. Oddly the delivery room overlooked a cemetery, which seemed very inappropriate.
But the more I thought about it, the more it took on a deeper meaning. Since it was just two days before Christmas, there was an odd juxtaposition of the birth of my daughter, the birth of Jesus and the reminder of death. They were all woven together to create a beautiful cloth full of meaning. Continue reading Two Births at Christmas
“Never underestimate the ponderings of a mother… Mary is a thoughtful person. Nothing that is happening is getting past her attention. As such, her pondering, her treasuring, her keeping all of the words, should tell us something, something very important about our own responses and reactions to the life of Jesus.” Karoline Lewis Continue reading Pondering Jesus with Mary–A Sermon on Luke 2:41-52
Which time of day do you prefer: sunsets or sunrises?
Sunsets are a benediction, a revelation of God’s glory and holiness, a peaceful blessing that carries us into a grateful and restful sleep.
Simeon is a man who is caught between a sunset and a sunrise. On the one hand he is in the sunset of his life. But on the other hand he is privileged to witness the dawn of a new age in the coming of Jesus. Continue reading Simeon’s Story: A Beautiful Sunset and a New Dawn (Luke 2: 22-38)
Question: What do you give a God who has everything? The wisemen brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, but whta can we give him?
Answer: You give him your all. Continue reading What Do You Give a God Who Has Everything: A Christmas Day Meditation on Romans 12:1-8
“Fear” is the word that summarizes the year 2020. Even left unspoken, it’s in our minds! Much of what has happened this year has been fear based: fear of getting corona virus, fear of political changes, fear of isolation and abandonment, fear of financial losses, fear of racial injustice, fear of the future. And the list goes on.
And so on this Christmas Eve we are gathered here, bringing with us our fears and disappointments, to hear the word of the angel, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” (Luke 2:10, KJV) Continue reading Fear Not, A Christmas Eve Meditation on Luke 2: 10-11
A Sermon on Joel 2:12-13, 28-29 preached on the 2nd Sunday in Advent, December 6, 2020 at United Reformed Church … Continue reading Repentance and Hope
Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. This story suggests a tradition that you can use to help your children prepare for the birth of Christ by filling an empty manger with straw. Continue reading Filling the Manger with Straw
This is an invitation for new readers to consider following my blog. Here are four samples of posts from the first year of Musings and Wonderment” Continue reading Happy Birthday to Musings and Wonderment
“Some Children See Him,” is one of my favorite Christmas carols. Its gentle melody and simple words invite us to … Continue reading Some Children See Him: A Christmas Carol
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