Rachel Weeping in the Wilderness and Grief at Christmastime

There is a part of the nativity story that gives me chills every time I read it. It’s today’s gospel reading, Matthew 2:13-18: When the magi had departed, behold,the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,and stay there until I tell... Continue Reading →

Christmas 2020

We are all approaching this Christmas with different eyes, changed hearts, and a new way of living. We didn’t know last year what we know now, and maybe it wouldn’t have mattered if we did, or maybe it would. It could have ruined the atmosphere thinking of what would happen, or maybe we would live... Continue Reading →


How funny it is that suddenlyEveryone you see is just so jolly,Filled with wonder and awe at the season,Yet everyone sits and wonders the reason.The reason for the season is a speech,That sucks the sparkles from you like a leech.You can't refuse a moment's wonderment Because now that results in other men's torment.But for every other... Continue Reading →


Advent is a time of year When the strings of the violin are too taut, Faithful everywhere are worn, And tired of each day's toilsome lot. Hearts writhe in fearsome rest Lingering in the world's heavy skepticism Gasping air of lasting life And forbidding each step into life's rhythm. Just wait another day or two,... Continue Reading →

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