Dear people of Bethlehem, Two weeks ago, I arrived at church early on Sunday morning, but I was not alone. Emma (9 yrs. old) and Jonah (6 yrs. old) were there too. They came dragging a wagon full of brilliant pink flowers and contagious enthusiasm. Emma pulled the heavy wagon all by herself, while Jonah told me all about his biblical namesake and that Jonah had helped people. With a flower pot in each arm, he said, “My favorite thing to do, is help people too!” I knew then, it was going to be a good day. More people arrived.
September Greetings Dear People of Bethlehem, I have recently become a diehard fan of the show Ted Lasso on Apple TV. Anyone in need of a good laugh (and I think that’s pretty much everyone these days) definitely needs to check it out. It is absolutely hilarious, and results in me genuinely laughing out loud multiple times per episode. The show follows the titular character Ted Lasso (played by Jason Sudeikis), a college football coach from Kansas, as he embarks on a new adventure – coaching Premier League Football in London for AFC Richmond. Now apart from the fact that
Dear people of Bethlehem, It is August. A time when we wish the pandemic was over, but it is not. A time when the nations of the world gather for the Olympics and we see a vision of a world united, if only for a moment. It is a time when most of us are traveling to see family for the first time in almost two years and the reunions are full of grace. A time to be God’s people, the body of Christ, in a world that increasingly needs the incarnation of love and grace in its midst. We are not Jesus in the
Summer Blessings Bethlehem! As the world has continued to open up over the past several weeks I have found my response to it all to be very interesting. At certain times, I find that I can basically pretend that the past 15 months never happened, and slip right back into “business as usual” without so much as a second thought. When I catch myself in those moments, I am usually surprised that I don’t feel more awkward or uncomfortable, and I’m amazed at how engrained certain patterns or behaviors can become in the human brain. But then there are other times,
Dear people of Bethlehem, In this season of the church, we have moved from Ascension Sunday, to Pentecost, to Trinity Sunday. The Holy Spirit has central place in all three. Ascension Sunday: “You will be visited by the Holy Spirit, not many days from now.” Pentecost: the rush of a mighty wind and the gift of the Holy Spirit to the new church. Trinity Sunday: “You must be born of water and the Spirit.” No coincidence I think, that in this season of our lives, it is time to think of the Spirit. We are moving from the restraint of the
Thursday, April 22nd marked Earth Day. A day to give thanks for the world in which we live. A day to marvel at the beauty and complexity of nature – its resilience and fragility, its splendor and vastness. In the first chapter of Genesis, we hear of God’s labor pains in the creation of our world. We hear the story about God’s inspired and careful work when the earth was nothing but a formless void, and darkness covered the face of the deep. After creating all that is, God created us, in God’s own image. It’s surprising that anyone can make