Not Yets

“For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor; my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.” Psalm 62:5-7 I don’t know about you, but the list of things in my life that are not ‘exactly as I would want them’ is pretty big. Maybe you’re the same way; maybe you have dreams that aren’t…

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Plowshares

He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4) There are certain traditions that just scream Christmas. For as much as I am spontaneous and adventurous, I also really revel in patterns and…

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Our First and Ultimate Priority

Scripture: Psalm 33:1-9 (NRSV) 1  Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous. Praise befits the upright. 2  Praise the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings. 3  Sing to him a new song; play skillfully on the strings, with loud shouts. 4  For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness. 5  He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of t…

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What God Wants

Isaiah 1:10-20 Frederick Buechner, a novelist and minister, said that a prophet is the sort of person who gets invited to dinner only once. That was his colorful way of saying that prophets tend to be unpopular because they tell people things they’d rather not hear. A prophet is the opposite of a demagogue. A demagogue tells people whatever they want to hear, in order to get what the demagogue w…

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What Child Is This

Everybody knows the Christmas story, or at least the part about how the baby arrives. Less familiar to many people, I think, is who this baby turns out to be and how he really matters. In one of those prophecies from Isaiah that sound a lot like Jesus to Christian ears, the prophet says: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named W…

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