Good Like Medicine

A couple of weeks ago, the Wall Street Journal published an article that proves why Thankful Tuesday is important.  Not only does it have a “How Grateful are You?” test, it testifies to research we don’t have to hear to believe: Grateful people are happier people. Remember how your mom told you your face would [Read More…]

Theotokos of the Sign

Note: I ran this post around three months ago, but am feeling like it’s even more relevant for us in these weeks leading up to Christmas. Rereading it tonight has been an important reminder to me (now that I’ve moved from the nauseated and exhausted stage of pregnancy to the achey, complainy stage) of what [Read More…]

“Come now, let us argue it out…”

That’s the New Reformed Standard Version of Isaiah 1:18. If you’ve read (or heard) this verse before, it probably went something like, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as [Read More…]

Thankful Tuesday: A Poem for Advent

Kneeling by R. S. Thomas Moments of great calm, Kneeling before an altar Of wood in a stone church In summer, waiting for the God To speak; the air a staircase For silence; the sun’s light Ringing me, as though I acted A great rôle. And the audiences Still; all that close throng Of spirits [Read More…]

A Prayer of Confession, for Advent…

I loved this prayer from our worship service this past Sunday. Wanted to share it with you. I can’t find its source. (I’m guessing from a Presbyterian prayer book?) O promised Christ: We are a world at war. Our peace depends on your coming. We are a sinful people. Our pardon depends on your coming. [Read More…]

Good Words

A couple of weeks ago, Matt Nault, one of the pastors at my church, spoke about my favorite blessing in scripture. It’s found in the book of Numbers (Chapter 6), when Aaron is instructed to sing these words over the Israelites every time they close their worship service. It’s called a Benediction. It means “Good [Read More…]