Christmas Day: Let all the earth rejoice

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace;the mountains and hills will burst into song before you,and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.This will be for the Lord’s renown, for anContinue reading “Christmas Day: Let all the earth rejoice”

Advent 7: Shedding

When the cry comes out – Prepare the way! –are we found listening, heeding or tending toour own private laneways, our private gains?If I am to hear Him when He should appearand if my feet will be swift and fleet,I must jettison allthat I hold yet holds me, andthrow off the loves that so easilyContinue reading “Advent 7: Shedding”

Advent 5: Last Things

Hospital room. While my uncle and I tried to tend to my grandmother’s needs, we heard behind the curtain divider a granddaughter and grandson discuss cremation plans and how the west has avoided death while the east (both fresh from travel) takes the wiser path, rubbing face and hands in body ash and staring death’sContinue reading “Advent 5: Last Things”