The Longest Year

The Longest Year

This was initially given as part of a worship service for Clergy at their March Clergy Meeting. Numbers 21:4-9 In this reading for the fourth Sunday of Lent from the Book of Numbers, as the people of Israel wander in the wilderness for 40 years, the longest year is...
Forty Days, Plus Six!

Forty Days, Plus Six!

I heard someone comment recently that it seems like we have been in Lent for the whole past year. In the pandemic, we have had to give up some things, we have had to make sacrifices, we have experienced various degrees of suffering. Many of us have been praying more,...
Fearful And Wonderful

Fearful And Wonderful

“I praise you, [Lord], for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.                                                     Wonderful are your works; that I know very well.” Psalm 139:14 (New Revised Standard Version) What does it mean to live as people who are made, both...

The Weary World Rejoices

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”                                                             Philippians 4:4 (New Revised Standard Version) In the wonderful Christmas anthem, “O Holy Night,” there is a line that masterfully captures how I feel...
The Therapeutic Value of Being Thankful

The Therapeutic Value of Being Thankful

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I will give thanks to Him.” – Psalm 28:7 (New Revised Standard) As we pause amid the many troubles and trials that have come to be 2020, it is good...