Martin Luther King, Jr., on Vocation

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, I offer you something he said about vocation:

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

via Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes, Page 2.

The offering Christ wants from us

The Wise Men gave Christ gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  What gift do you think Christ most wants from you?  Pastor Douthwaite in his Epiphany sermon said that the offering Christ most wants from us is our sins. [Read more...]

Your Bethlehem; your manger

More from Pastor Douthwaite’s Epiphany Sunday sermon, which pointed out that the Wise Men were not really seeking Christ.   He was seeking them.  And us.  And that we too have a Bethlehem, and we too find Christ in a manger. [Read more...]

Seeing with the eyes of faith

Like the Wise Men, Pastor Douthwaite last Sunday opened up treasures.  Not gold, frankincense, and myrrh, but the treasures of God’s Word.  His Epiphany sermon had some gems that I want to contemplate the rest of this week.   He pointed out, for example, that the Wise Men saw merely a baby–not with the halos of the Christmas cards–but they saw Him with the eyes of faith, as we must, and thus knew Him as the Son of God. [Read more...]

Epiphany as both theological and literary term

Today is Epiphany, a day and a season in the church year that I especially appreciate, old English teacher that I am, since the name is both a theological and a literary term.  I explain that after the jump in a post from four years ago. [Read more...]

The last day of Christmas

Today Christmas is finally over.   Traditionally, the holiday lasted 12 days, and this is the twelfth.  So call it twelve drummers drumming day.  Or, to use the historical term, Twelfth Night, which is not only the name of a very good play but was a time of revelry and merry making.  So I wish you a Merry Christmas one more time for the season and a Merry Twelfth Night tonight!

Or are you weary of celebrating, satiated with all of the holiday feasting and eager to get back to normal?  We sort of have extended the Christmas festivities through twelve days, what with New Year’s Day revels, plus throwing in a long weekend, as this year.  But Molly Hemingway proposes that we change the way we celebrate Christmas by spreading it out over all 12 days. [Read more...]