Advent Meditation: Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Psalm 72, 111, 113 •  2 Samuel 7:1-17  •  Luke 1:39-48a(48b-56) “And it came to pass in those days.” Here begins the first, and for a long time the only, passage of scripture I had ever known by heart, thanks to my starring role as narrator in the Christmas pageant as a child. On first … read more

The Sparrow

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father.” Of all the horrifying headlines this fall, there was one that caught my heart. I avoided the article for weeks, only glimpsing the compelling photograph. Then once I did read it, I couldn’t […]

The Roaring Lion

My sister Jennifer lived until recently in Poway, the suburb of San Diego where, this past sabbath, one person was killed, three were injured, and all were terrorized, when a 19-year-old fired at worshipers at the Chabad synagogue. Our friend, Doug, is a member of that congregation. The father of the shooter was my nephew’s […]

The Olfactory Sacrament

When I was very little, I used to visit my mother’s mother. And my mother’s mother’s mother lived upstairs. Her room was a mysterious place, alluring and a bit forbidding. She was in her mid-90s, of German descent, a faithful Lutheran, a holy woman. What I remember about going up to call on her in […]