The Red Balloon

When the Gospel writers tell the story of Jesus’ resurrection, they go to great pains to record the astonishment of the original hearers of the good news. Growing up in the church, I’ve heard this story so often that the amazement of the women at the tomb,...

Wake Up and See

When I was a girl, I longed to experience what Emily Starr, the heroine of L.M. Montgomery’s Emily trilogy, called “the flash:” It had always seemed to Emily, ever since she could remember, that she was very, very near to a world of wonderful beauty. Between it and...

Becoming the Magi

Sunday is Epiphany. At some point that day, our family will gather on our front porch. We will pray a blessing over our house. Lord God of Heaven and Earth, You revealed Your only-begotten Son to every nation by the light of a star. Bless this house and all who live...

The Innocents

For me it is the virgin birth, the Incarnation, the resurrection which are the true laws of the flesh and the physical. Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of these laws. I am always astonished at the emphasis the Church puts on the body. It is not the soul...

The Promise Fulfilled

Praise the Lord, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars! Praise the Lord from the earth, ye dragons and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling God’s word! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all...

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