“Tis the season” isn’t it? The season to bring as much unexpected joy as you can the hearts of the people you know and love. Especially the children of course.
Pastoral Reflections, The Third Week of Advent, Our 39th Week in Official Pandemic Status - December 18, 2020
It’s wet and cold out there, and I’m really glad to be inside and warm. And you know, one of the things I really miss is riding upstairs on the inter-island ferry, circling the islands when the wind blows the water into whitecaps and the rain beats on the window. It’s just not the same being down in your car on the deck with your feet and hands slowly turning to ice.
Texts: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
Suppose for a moment that you are the only soul on the street when an armored truck comes by and a bundle of money falls out and breaks open, with hundred dollar bills floating in the air. Would you stop and gather the money? And if you gathered the money, would you move heaven and earth to get every banknote back into the hands of the rightful owner? And would you absolutely refuse any offer of a reward for the return of the money, because all that matters to you is to do the right thing?
Pastoral Reflections, The Second Week of Advent, Our 38th week in Official Pandemic Status - December 11, 2020
Part Two – a continuing reflection from last week…the musings of a pandemic weary pastor.
So, Mary said yes to the angel of God. Mary was willing, bless her! To become the bearer of God’s good news. And what a gift it was to the whole world! More than Mary could even know. That’s when Advent as we know it, really began.
Texts: Isaiah 40:1-11; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8
We’re turning a corner today. The lessons for the past few weeks have been largely about God’s judgement, and there’s still healthy portion of that today with calls for repentance in several of our appointed bible texts. But something else is going on too.
Pastoral Reflection, The First Week of Advent, the 37th Week of Official Pandemic Status - December 4, 2020
It’s finally coming. We’ve waited in all this uncertainty, and now it’s nearly here. A vaccine for the virus of course. For some it’s the best news possible. Life can begin again.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.