Ember Day (Advent Day Eighteen)

Today is an “ember” day. In the catholic (i.e. universal) Tradition of the Church, ember days are days when the Church has set aside time specifically for ordination and prayer for the bringing in of new ministers. Advent is a good time of the Church year...

Under His Wings (Advent Day Seventeen)

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Psalm 91:4 Do we think of God in this simple way? As a mother hen covers her chicks, so our God covers us in times of trouble, hiding us from the...

Now (Advent Day Sixteen)

Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her. And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall...

“Messenger of the Word” (Third Sunday in Advent: Day 15)

This morning my sermon was entitled, “Messenger of the Word.” On the third Sunday in Advent, we traditionally recognize the contributions of John the Baptist and celebrate his “preparing the Way” for the Messiah. As part of that, we see his...

Our Daily Parables (Advent Day Fourteen)

But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. Mark 4:34 So often we wonder why God seems to keep silence or fret that what we think we need to hear we are not hearing. We ask ourselves if God is...

I Will Meditate (Advent Day Thirteen)

I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. Psalm 77:12 Advent is about thinking about God and His work in our lives, most especially His gift of Christ, gained through His mercy and grace. We remember the little child born on Christmas Day. Having...

Worthy (Advent Day Twelve)

Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee. All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Psalm 66:3-4 While we look towards God and...

As a Man Thinketh (Advent Day Eleven)

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23 God calls us to praise Him and seek Him. Each day we have opportunities to walk a little closer to God. The key for each moment is in...

A Little Excursion (Advent Day Ten)

In reading about Jesus’ ministry in the New Testament, we find that he would depart from His disciples and the crowds to get away and spend time with God. Traditionally, the Church claims these private excursions to have been fairly regular at least as implied...

Longing for God (Advent Day Nine)

“As the deer pants for the waterbrooks, so my soul longs for Thee, O Lord.” Psalm 42:1 Do we really seek for God as our sustenance and our strength? He is the only hope we have for any real life in this world or the next. What is meaning or purpose without...