Five First Christmases

The Sunday before Christmas 1991 dawned bright and crisp, and our city was a glistening Christmas card after Saturday’s snow storm. Noisy snow squeaked underfoot as I trudged hurriedly to the entrance of the church. I was the worship leader and running late. I had dawdled way too long at home, mulling over whether or … More Five First Christmases

Luke 24: A New Chapter

Does it feel both odd and appropriate that we should be reading this chapter on Christmas Eve? Odd, perhaps, in the midst of our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but wonderful that, at the same time, we can rejoice in his victory over death. After this journey we have been on with Jesus … More Luke 24: A New Chapter

Luke 22: The Beginning

We are at the beginning of the end of Jesus ministry on earth. It is the turning point of history and of the relationship between God and Man, and a fulfillment, of sorts, of Simeon’s prayer of praise in the temple so long ago. There is so much here—what makes for greatness, the foretelling of … More Luke 22: The Beginning

Luke 15: Priceless

Today’s chapter is very short, and all in red, indicating the words of Jesus. All red, that is, except for the usual prelude about who is listening and learning, and who is listening but not learning a thing. The tax collectors and sinners are listening, presumably to learn. The Pharisees, again, are in a bit … More Luke 15: Priceless

Luke 5: The Beginning

This chapter starts with the heading “The Calling of the First Disciples”. Until now, Jesus traveled and ministered alone (which, oddly, I hadn’t noticed before today). Some of the men he eventually called might have been in the crowds that were constantly searching him out “to hear the word of God”. Certainly, living in or … More Luke 5: The Beginning

Remember

September has become a strange month for me. I sometimes don’t know where to look. I was a fourth grade teacher in my younger days, and September was a forward-looking month back then. Everything was new. New students! New responsibilities! New possibilities! New clothes! 😉 Now decades later, that perspective has changed. September has me … More Remember

Baby’s Almost Here!

We are awaiting, with deliberately exercised patience, the arrival of our first grandchild. Recently, both Glenn and I have noticed a heightened interest in Baby’s R Us, Carters, Osh Kosh, or any other store that carries baby clothes or paraphernalia, and whenever we pass them in a mall we turn in without even discussing it. … More Baby’s Almost Here!

Nice Jewish Boy

Still talking about love! God’s intention, at least part of the end game of God’s love perfected in us, is that we give it out. Like he does. Nothing that I say on this blog should be contrued as “God’s love ends with me.” God loves me as much as he does anyone else; of … More Nice Jewish Boy

Perfected Love

“By this we know love..” (1 John 2:16). The beloved disciple and apostle John writes about love a lot, and in a very authoritative way. He walked with Jesus, talked with him, felt very relaxed with him and seems to consider he was special to Jesus. He saw love in action every day. Not just … More Perfected Love

Secret Love

I speak from a woman’s perspective, undeniably, but remember when you were in love in grade school? Remember the furtive looks, the notes to your friends about the heart throb du jour, the deliberate manipulation of desk arrangements and lunch time activities? And all those phone calls with your BFF where all you talked about … More Secret Love