The Pits and Christmas

It’s the pits. The worst, most depressing situation you can imagine. We use it playfully today, exaggerating our circumstance. The saying has lost its luster. But it was not always so. Out of the 150 chapters in Psalms, perhaps as many as 65 to 67 of them are laments or what we can call “complaint…

A Christmas Poem, “Hands”

Hands Open on your mother’s chest or after a bellowing belch. Taut when you’re tired. Slurp slurp, tick tick, your tongue tackles each knuckle and cuticle. Somehow that helps you fade away to never-never-land. Mine are calloused, crusty, tired. Splinters are their wages. Blue veins bursting. Palm lines peeling. Bleeding. Grab the balm and bandage….

We Look for Light: Readings and Reflections for Advent

I’m happy to share with you a little devotional I wrote for Advent, We Look for Light: Readings and Reflections for Advent. There are twenty-five readings with related Scripture passages and questions. I pray it’s a blessing and that it helps you worship Christ this Christmas!

Day 23: Christmas: A Mission to the Nations

[Through Jesus we have received] grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:5-6) The first Christmas was a mission trip. The mission trip of all mission trips. Jesus left the comforts…

Day 18: Every Tribe, Language, People, Nation

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. (Matthew 2:11) Long before the birth of Jesus, God had promised another birth that was integral to his plan of redemption. In Genesis 12, the Lord appeared to a man named Abram. God told Abram…

Day 17: The Fall and Rising of Many

“Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed…so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35) Put yourself in Mary and Joseph’s shoes. At Jesus’ dedication in the temple, a sweet old man says, “Your Son will light up the…