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Adoration of the Shepherds
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Former Member, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors, Chicago, Illinois
I was admiring a Rembrandt etching* of the shepherds adoring the baby Jesus. Mary has lifted her warm cloak to reveal Jesus, who is quietly sleeping with a look of perfect contentment on His face. Joseph’s hands are palms up and slightly spread as if to say, “Here is the little miracle.” And the shepherds peer over a stable wall at little Jesus...
Advent Season: When God Stirs
By Rev. Tom Zehnder
Luke 1:5-25: A Stunning Example of God’s Stirring
Faithful Zechariah, a priest from the priestly division of Abijah (there were 24 divisions) won the lottery. For by lot he was chosen to light the incense on the Altar of Incense in the Jerusalem Temple! No money could buy that privilege! Like Martin Luther who went through trepidation at his first Mass (and even spilled some consecrated wine, which he feared was a mortal...
The Coffin in the Corner
By Kim Marxhausen, Lincoln, NE
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board Member
“As He walked along, He saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked Him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’ ” John 9:1-2
We human beings love to play the blame game. If you don’t believe me, just turn on any sports radio station on any fall Monday morning. The list of people who will bear the blame for the loss is nearly as long...
The Trees Don’t Fan the Wind!
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
I just finished an exhausting weekend – four different sermons in 48 hours – but they all went well. I received a bunch of nice compliments. It made me feel good. However, there was something a bit unsettling about all that … or at least misplaced.
“The trees don’t fan the winds.” I’ve decided to make this Native American adage my new motto … to put things into...