“Behold,” he wrote, “a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” Isaiah 7:14 A few days ago, we celebrated the first Sunday of Advent. Advent means arrival or coming and refers to the coming of Christ. The first candle lit on the advent wreath is the candle of hope. This past week as I was trying to come up with a way to explain hope that the children would understand (I teach Sunday School) I was coming up with little more than frustration. But then I saw hope that I could explain to them. … Continue reading Hope

Evening News

I’m overwhelmed with sorrow!      sunk in a swamp of despair! I’m like someone who goes to the garden to pick cabbages and carrots and corn  and returns empty-handed,      finds nothing for soup or sandwich or salad. There’s not a decent person in sight.      Right-living humans are extinct. They’re all out for one another’s blood,      animals preying on each other. They’ve all become experts in evil.      Corrupt leaders demand bribes. The powerful rich make sure they get what they want.  The best and brightest are thistles.      The top of the line is crabgrass. But no longer: It’s exam … Continue reading Evening News