The Nativity by Louis Cretey The Surprise Party Christmas appears like a midnight surprise Angels ignite shadowy skies. A voice heard in the winter cold, “God is young but man is old.” Joseph and Mary put to the test Tired and aching but nowhere to rest. The cold winter wearies like a constant thresh. A […]
Advent Devotions 2015
During this season of waiting and watching, we follow disciplines that can help us turn our heart and minds toward the coming of the Lord. The three traditional disciplines of penitential seasons include prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These may seem difficult during the rush of Christmas shopping, traffic and parties.
Adoration of the Shepherds by Gerard Van Honthorst (1622) The Nativity of the Son by Rev. Jack King John 1.1-14 Tonight we greet one another with the words, ‘Merry Christmas!’ It’s a lovely and good greeting. We wish one another peace and joy at this time of year, and in so doing, we proclaim the […]
Liberation Day Rev. David Freels December 24, Thursday, Christmas Eve – Psalms — 45, 46; Gal. 3:23–4:7; Matt. 1:18–25 (ESV Daily Office Readings Online) “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way…” Matthew 1:1 My usual list of Christmas movies is probably a lot like yours: It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th […]
Eisenhower and The Magnificat by Susan Ridgell December 23, Wednesday – Psalms 72, 111, 113; 2 Samuel 7:1–17; Titus 2:11–3:8a; Luke 1:39–48a(48b–56) (ESV Daily Office Readings Online) Mary heard the unbelievable news from the Angel Gabriel. She replied, “How can it be?” Her faithfulness led her to say, “Let it be to me, according to […]
Two Annunciations by Lauren Whitnah December 22, Tuesday – Psalms 66, 67, 116, 117; 1 Samuel 2:1b–10; Titus 2:1–10; Luke 1:26–38 (ESV Daily Office Readings Online) When I was twenty I got a passport, packed my bags, said goodbye to my family, and moved abroad. Shortly before Christmas that year, I found myself in Florence […]
Mary Consoles Eve by Rev. Jack King December 20, Sunday – Psalms 24, 29, 8, 84; Gen. 3:8–15; Rev. 12:1–10; John 3:16–21 (ESV Daily Office Readings Online) Eve and Mary will be united forever. After the Fall, in the moment of Eve’s shame and the announcement of the curse she would bear, Eve could not […]