Archives for December 2012

Advent Day 12–From generation to generation

My great-great-grandfather was a circuit riding Methodist preacher in the hills of North Carolina.  I don’t know much about him except his daughter (my great-grandmother Daisy) eloped with a young man attending a worship service.  (And a good match it was, I’m told.)  Daisy’s daughter, my grandmother Josephine,  was a bible teacher in a large […]

Advent Day 11- If a punch bowl were holy

And Mary sang:  “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me and holy is his name.”When I was […]

Advent Day 10- How do you see things?

It’s all in how you see things…I mean, how you really see things.  The kind of seeing that is not just through your physical eyes, but, instead, how you see things with your soul paying attention to what God’s doing. This “soul seeing”  sees more clearly when praying is happening.  What this soul seeing sees […]

Advent Day 9- Difficult Blessing

Mary sang: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed….(Luke 1:46-48)Yesterday I  attended the worship service where three young adults were ordained to be pastors in the Lutheran […]

A Sabbath Advent Day 8

As I write this, it is still Saturday.  Tomorrow, Sunday, I will take a sabbath from writing. (Not from work:  two worship services, a congregational meeting, a mission project in the city and an ordination.)  By the end of the day, I will sit still and listen to this beautiful anthem written by Christine McIntosh […]

Advent day 7- What do you want to be when you grow up?

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.  (Luke 1:46-48) Were you ever asked what you wanted to be when you grew up?  Did any of you answer a servant?  What about a slave? I’m […]

Advent Day 6- Long way from Lord to lowliness

And Mary said:  My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.  (Luke 1:46-48) There’s a long way from Lord to lowliness.  A long way from the Mighty One, the Holy One, Creator of the Universe, God of Israel […]

Advent Day 5- A grandfather’s favor

Mary’s song continues: My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. (Luke 1:46-48) Do you know that safe feeling when there is someone in our lives that “looks with favor” upon us?  I remember my grandfather, Charles Dickerson.  […]

Advent Day 4-One requirement for a Savior

My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior (Luke 1:46-47) People spend a lot of effort on do-it-yourself stuff, sometimes for the satisfaction of it, sometimes to save money.  Right now I am waiting for a do-it-yourself Christmas present that my husband is giving me.  It is a kit to […]

Advent Day 3: Rejoice? Really?

“My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” sings Mary. (Luke 1:46-47) In spite of all I wrote yesterday (or in addition to all I wrote yesterday),  I must ask:  Rejoice?  Really? I would have said that “My spirit trusts in God”  might be a more appropriate wording for Mary here.  […]