New Year’s Day

Psalm 8 (Read all the scriptures here.) Numbers 6:22-27 Galatians 4:4-7 Philippians 2:5-11 Luke 2:15-21 Notes Psalm 8: This psalm celebrates the greatness of God’s name as well as his power in creation. It is fascinating to ponder this as we consider Jesus becoming a helpless baby. Numbers 6:22-27 is a blessing the priests would … Continue reading New Year’s Day

December 28 Remembering the Infants of Bethlehem

Like St. Stephen’s Day, this is a startling somber remembrance in the midst of the festive twelve days of Christmas. Psalm 124 Jeremiah 31:15-17 Revelation 21:1-7 Matthew 2:13-18 Psalm 124 is an interesting psalm to read on a day when we remember Jesus and his family fleeing to Egypt to escape King Herod’s wrath. I … Continue reading December 28 Remembering the Infants of Bethlehem

December 27 Remembering the Apostle John

Psalm 92 (links to scriptures here) Exodus 33:18-23 I John 1:1-9 John 21:19-24 Notes Psalm 92:  As the year draws to a close, we are all conscious that we are getting older. The end of Psalm 92 reminds us that God calls us to flourish spiritually in all seasons of our lives. Exodus 33:  God … Continue reading December 27 Remembering the Apostle John

December 26 St. Stephen’s Day

I remember learning the carol “Good King Wenceslas” when I was a kid, and finding out that St. Stephen’s Day, mentioned in the song, is December 26. It wasn’t until recently that I realized what this means: after Christmas—the very next day!—the church has traditionally remembered the first Christian martyr. What a somber thing to … Continue reading December 26 St. Stephen’s Day

Advent Week 4, Day 1

Last week we looked briefly at the spiritual discipline of discernment: being aware of God and his guidance as we choose what truly matters. Today as we consider Mary the mother of Jesus, we see another spiritual discipline: surrender. This is accepting God’s plan and moving into his will—which often involves letting a few things … Continue reading Advent Week 4, Day 1