The Rev. Kathleen Sams Russell, DMin

Friday – December 4 Psalms 16, 17; Amos 5:1-17; Matthew 22:1-14   Listen to the author read their mediation and prayer: The Rev. Kathleen Sams Russell Advent Meditation “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” Proverbs 9:10 “A life lived in fear is a life half lived.” Strictly Ballroom, 1992 Today’s readings … read more

Fear and Desire

Thom Temperli is a senior in the M.Div. program.   Thom came to Seminary of the Southwest from the Diocese of Texas.

Today’s readings invite us to honestly ponder our heart’s deepest desires.  In the midst of the Christmas season the heart of today’s scriptures address our deepest fears and greatest yearnings amidst a time when our culture has already disposed of the gift wrapping and empty boxes whose contents and whose giver’s intentions may have fulfilled some desires and disappointed others.   We are left to examine honestly what it is underneath all of our outward cravings and pursuits of little “happinesses” that leaves us yearning, and what leaves us still afraid that our deepest longings will not be met.