Advent Meditations- Wednesday, December 6

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 119:1-24; 12, 13, 14; Amos 3:12–4:5; Matt. 21:23-32; 2 Pet. 3:1-10 “His appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.” –Hosea 6:3 I remember vividly the birth of each of my children. I stood at … read more

Advent Meditations- Tuesday, December 5

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalms 5,6; 10, 11; Amos 3:1-11; Matt. 21:12-22; 2 Pet. 1:12-21 In just a few days, my wife and I will be celebrating our sixth wedding anniversary. During these six years, we have moved around quite a bit, which means we have not established a regular practice of where we […]

Advent Meditations– Monday, December 4

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 1,2,3; 4,7; Amos 2:6-16; Matt. 21:1-11; 2 Peter 1:1-11 The shock of the new liturgical year continues to ricochet through today’s readings. We see divine judgment in Amos, exhortations to holiness in 2 Peter, and Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem in Matthew as the crowd honors him with the title […]

Advent Meditation – Sunday, December 3

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 146, 147; 111, 112, 113; Amos 1:1-5, 13-2:8; Luke 21:5-19; 1 Thess. 5:1-11 The apocalyptic visions we are given to read today are full of dramatic intensity, of terrifying sights and sounds. These visions are included in the scriptures not simply to inform us, but to express the moral […]

Advent Meditations- Monday, December 25

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 2, 85; 110:1-5(6-7), 132; Micah 4:1-5; 5:2-4; 1 John 4:7-16; John 3:31-36 “And Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” –Luke 2:19 As Advent comes to a close with the birth of Jesus, I think about the event when Word becomes flesh through the eyes […]

Advent Meditations- Sunday, December 24

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 89:1-29; 45, 46; Isa. 59:15b-21; Matt. 1:18-25 The end of chapter 59 of Isaiah gives us this striking message: “The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. he saw that there was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; […]

Advent Meditations- Saturday, December 23

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 55; Isaiah 10:20-27; Luke 3:1-9 The season of Advent has been a time of reflection in preparation for the arrival of the Christ child. As we prepare for this birth day of the holy One, we are invited to ponder what his appearance will mean for us at his […]

Advent Meditations- Friday, December 22

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalms 40,54; 51; Zech. 7:8–8:8; Matt. 25:14-30; Rev. 5:6-14 “Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.” How’s […]

Advent Meditations- Thursday, December 21

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalms 50, [59, 60] or 33; Zech. 4:1-14; Matt. 25:1-13; Rev 4: 9-5:5 Recently my wife, toddling daughter, and I traveled to Big Bend national Park. The boundless landscape filled with towering mountains have a way of making you feel small. A humbling smallness that reminds, “You are a part […]

Advent Meditations- Wednesday, December 20

<<Return to Advent Meditations page Psalm 119:49-72; 49, [53]; Zech. 3:1-10; Matt. 24:45-51; Rev. 4:1-8 In this day and age, our light of hope can seem to shine dimly in what can often feel like a darkening world. In this passage from Matthew, Jesus is describing for the disciples the work he desires them to […]