Sunday - December 21, 2014

Roads (December 14)


“On the old highway maps of America, the main routes were red and the back roads blue. Now even the colors are changing. But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dark — times neither day nor night — the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they cast a mysterious ... Read More »

Ask, Seek, Knock (December 13)


“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8). WE HAVE GOD’S ASSURANCE THAT THOSE WHO TRULY DESIRE HIM WILL HAVE THEIR DESIRE FULFILLED. If we ask, ... Read More »

Posterity (December 13)


“Since it is not granted to us to live long, let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived” (Pliny the Younger). SEEN AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF THIS WORLD’S WHOLE HISTORY, A HUMAN LIFETIME IS A VERY BRIEF AFFAIR. Pliny was right: “it is not granted to us to live long.” But we can, as he ... Read More »

The Dawn Is Breaking (December 12)


“And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:11-12). THE HUMAN ... Read More »

Becoming Real (December 12)


“I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You” (Job 42:5). WE ARE FAR AWAY FROM GOD, AND THE JOURNEY BACK TO HIM TAKES MORE THAN A DAY. We begin by hearing distant reports of Him, perhaps listening to them skeptically because they don’t fit with what we think we know of ... Read More »

Doors (December 12)


“Hope opens doors where despair closes them” (Anonymous). IT’S ONE OF THE FINEST THINGS IN LIFE TO BE A PERSON WHO OPENS DOORS FOR OTHERS. And no, we don’t mean physical doors, although the courtesy involved in doing that old-fashioned thing is a mighty fine gesture in itself. The doors we want to think about in today’s reading are doors ... Read More »