Monthly Archives: December 2014


Luke 2:22-40 What is your destiny? Maybe that question sounds silly, like something out of coming-of-age movie where the main character suddenly understands their true identity. Like Frodo realizing that he will be the one to carry the ring to Mordor. Like Harry Potter seeing the significance of his lightning-bolt birth mark. Like Luke Skywalker […]

The birthday of the Word

John 1:1-5, 14-18 The gospels of Matthew and Luke start with a birth story. Mark starts with John the Baptist’s announcement. John starts with the beginning. I mean, literally, the beginning. The well-known opening line is, “In the beginning was the Word.” This doesn’t refer to the day Jesus was born, or even the day […]

Wake Up to Good News

Today’s Scripture:  Mark 1:1-8 How do you wake up? Most of us fall into one of two camps: those who use the snooze button, and those who do not. I barely even know how to work mine. I never snooze. I want the alarm set as late as possible, and when it goes off, I’m […]

Time Out

Today’s Scripture:  Isaiah 64:1-9 Israel is in a time out. At least that’s where my mind goes when I read this passage, because I am the mother of two toddler children. We are in the season of frequent time outs; this very moment we are likely either administering one or threatening one. So when I […]