Archive | December 2012

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And suddenly, Christmas

For months we wait With bated breath For this special day to arrive. We wonder, We plan, As hope unfurls and blooms. But this day, This special day, It comes like birth pangs Not unexpected, But suddenly, from nowhere.   May your labors on this day Become joys tomorrow. Feast and gift to share. For […]

From Exile to Immanuel

For many years, the concept of “Immanuel” – God with us – has been the cornerstone of my personal advent reflections. This idea that God would debase himself to take on human form in the shape of an infant is mind-boggling. To go from the All-knowing, All-powerful, All-good Creator of the universe, to a squalling, […]

A Sabbath from Being Indispensable

I so readily fall prey to the all-too-human compulsion to be indispensable. I want to be needed, to have my contribution be valued, to be someone people look up to as a leader, a wise person, a good friend. My primary leadership mantra has always been to raise up leaders to come after you who […]