This is our hope: that we would know, or perhaps that we would remember ourselves as the Beloved of God...
The birth of the Christ-child is a much deeper mystery than what is embodied in most of our Christmas preparations...
Great Joy May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 The theme for the third week of Advent is Joy. Happiness is often used synonymously with joy, but the two are significantly different. … Continue reading Great Joy
How Did I Miss That? Part 26: Hope Springs Eternal Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and reverence. 1 Peter 3:15b-16a Hope is much different from wishful thinking. Hope is grounded in knowledge and … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 26: Hope Springs Eternal
How Did I Miss That? Part 7: Resurrection is a Reoccurring Reality Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 I do not know how I missed it, but resurrection is … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 7: Resurrection is a Reoccurring Reality
How Did I Miss That? Part 1: Faith Heals Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak., for she said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well.” Jesus turned, and seeing her he … Continue reading How Did I Miss That? Part 1: Faith Heals
The Greatest is Love And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three, and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13 To abide means to continue, to remain, to stay. It elicits images of stability and permanence. Therefore, when Paul says “faith, hope, and love abide,” he separates these qualities apart as uniquely … Continue reading The Greatest is Love
Love Hopes All Things Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things… … Continue reading Love Hopes All Things
An Allegorical Christmas, Part 2 What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. John 1:3b-5 First, I must confess an error in last week’s Life Note. I referred to the Immaculate Conception … Continue reading An Allegorical Christmas, Part 2
Been There, Done That “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and … Continue reading Been There, Done That