The miracle of some flour and yeast

“Perhaps the problem is that we don’t know what the meaning of this holiday, of Jesus’ pushing into the world, is. If we did, we wouldn’t have to worry about consumerism; if we knew what the Incarnation meant, we’d be preoccupied with awe that we wouldn’t notice all the shopping.” Lauren F. Winner, “Girl Meets Read more about The miracle of some flour and yeast[…]

The waves and winds still know

“Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know the Christ who ruled them while he dwelt below.” “Be Still My Soul“ Our church, this United Methodist plant church of some 14 years or so, has for the first time a building of its own. (Praise God!) After setting up and clanging shut folding Read more about The waves and winds still know[…]

This mother needs an Advent

Dave’s making a table. It’s going to be a long one with thick oak boards that once held back horses. In a month or two, maybe it’ll hold up plates of macaroni and cheese. When it’s done, it’ll gleam (I hope). I’ll wipe into my hand those bread crumbs, feeling the table’s texture — oh, Read more about This mother needs an Advent[…]

In the wilderness, of sorts

There’s a missionary in “Shadows on the Rock” who commits to a vow of perpetual stability, despite every human inclination to leave the wilderness of late 1600s Montreal. He can’t learn the Huron language; he’s harshly treated by them, and doesn’t ever find that transcendent love he’s “supposed” to feel; he’s not even sure God’s nearby. He’s Read more about In the wilderness, of sorts[…]

Sit with ‘Light Upon Light’

“YOU KEEP THINGS IN YOUR HEART!” Yes, Owen Meany, I do. I do keep them there, because in books I get lost and find myself, or find something I didn’t know I needed; something I needed later. Words carry me forward, tell me I’m not alone; teach me. Words do that for me, even before my Read more about Sit with ‘Light Upon Light’[…]