Feb 22

The Lord’s Prayer 2: Thy Kingdom, Thy Will

As we travel from Ash Wednesday to Easter this Lent we also journey through the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus gave his disciples. We say the Lord’s Prayer every week in worship, as do most Christians around the world, but if you want to read it in the Bible, you can turn to Matthew 6:9-13 or Luke 11:1-4. As we reflect on the Lord’s Prayer each week, though, we will use the version we say together in worship. And we will go through the prayer slowly, one phrase at a time, until Palm Sunday. Last week we started with “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” And we thought about that phrase in light of the story of Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness in Luke 3. Continue reading

Dec 08

Light of Fire and Love

The days are getting shorter this month, each day marked by a little less sunlight and a little more night, as we head into the winter season. The shadows are lengthening and earlier than even a few weeks ago. Darkness reaches out sooner and sooner, and releases its grip more reluctantly in the mornings, too. It’s as if, in our northern hemisphere, the world is tensing up, drawing in on itself, like our hearts, fully compressed, waiting to release in the moments between the beats. Continue reading