Epiphany 2B

Revised Common Lectionary Readings (Episcopalian variation for Epiphany 2B) can be found here
Enough in Each Other
What happens when a child is taught that they are the one who must somehow save the world?
What happens when the survival of the earth is placed upon adolescent shoulders?
What happens when we look at our young people and tell them that somehow, it is their responsibility to save us from ourselves?
What happens when grown up concerns are internalized by children who have only recently begun to see themselves as being independent of their caregivers?
What happens when a child hears on the news, or reads in the paper, or sees on the screen—destruction and despair, without any context for creation and hope?
What happens?
What has happened?
I spent time with a clergy colleague, who serves as a college chaplain, this week and she shared with me the reality of her context—a context in which young adults have been given adult responsibilities without a means of understandin…

Christmas Eve, 2017

Breath into Life
Tonight begins with music and light as, together, we create an elegant, sacred and joyful space in which to offer our praise to the God who has come into our midst.
Silence, breath, flickering flame.
The bow across strings, the inhaled breath preceding the sound, and then, the sound.
Breath giving life to our hopes and our fears.
The breath over the water, the breath of life, the first cry of a baby born in a stable thousands of miles and thousands of years away.
This is a new creation.
And, we gather.
We gather to celebrate with heart and mind; body and soul, the new creation as it gathers within the spare stone walls of a stable.
Mary and Joseph; the animals within; angels; shepherds; and a newborn. Creation begins anew as the Garden of Eden’s entirety is encompassed by stone walls built by human hands.
Mary, Joseph, beasts and their keepers, and a baby birthed—not within the confines of the garden but within the truth of this world.
This world. Where all is forgiven,…

Longest Night

This is the astronomical longest night. The shortest day and the longest night of the year. This is the night upon which I hold fast to the promise offered us in scripture that, “there is a light in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it.” While this statement is biblical in origin, appearing in the Gospel of John (1:5) the Bible is not where I first encountered this profundity.Rather, it was in my reading of Madeleine L’Engle’s, A Wrinkle in Time in which three children find themselves confronting the growing threat of evil forces in the universe. They are not alone in the battle, they are aided by heavenly messengers. But, the heavenly messengers cannot fix things for the children. They cannot solve their problems, large or small. What these heavenly messengers can do is show them the glory of God and in that glory remind them of who they are and of the gifts they have. Remind them, that they have something that evil does not have. But, while they offer the reminder, the…