Archive for December, 2010

Bleakness and Beauty

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

In the bleak midwinter, frost wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. On December 27th, we went to the the graves of my late husband and my grandparents.  It would have been my grandmother’s 111th [...]

Protest and Prayer in the Magical Snow

Friday, December 17th, 2010

“Let’s write words in the snow, Elsegirl,” I told my seven-year old daughter, after she had pulled me out to play in the 9° Sioux Falls nippiness yesterday afternoon. “O.K.!” she said. Then, “Mama, if Santa really can fly, I think it must be because of the snow.  The snow must be magic.” “I am sure [...]

Visionary Subversiveness

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

These days I’m reading a lot of the Old Testament theologian Walter Brueggemann. His writing is prose infused with poetic (and prophetic) outbursts that, depending on, cause the reader to sit up, gasp, cackle, or pause in stunned silence at the implications of his speech. I like him. So I share a few words from [...]

What’s Up with Ascension?

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Reader Question: Advent, as you note in your defining of the term, comes from the Latin “to arrive”. We as Christians anticipate the second arrival, or as we commonly say, second “coming”, of Christ while celebrating Christ’s first arrival. In Christ’s first arrival, God offered Her only Son to die for the sake of all [...]

Pondering the Myth of Balance

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

I have always been struck that Mary, the mother of Jesus, after learning that she was pregnant with the one whom many would later call to be the Messiah, somehow found time to “ponder these things in her heart.” Ponder! Who has time to ponder, especially in these days of pre-Christmas madness? It is very [...]