READ: Isaiah 9.2-7, Luke 2.1-20 The love letter had been long in the making.
Its author wanted to make it just right.
The words had to be perfect.
The words had to put at ease the restless heart of its recipient with a new promise.
A greater promise.
To remind the receiver of all the promises the beloved had made.
And all the promises the beloved had kept.
And never, ever faltered.
Waiting for that letter — that word to come — was anticipated more than anything else t
READ: Micah 5.2-5a and Luke 1.39-55 I want to begin today by reading a few paragraphs from a book by Mary Ellen Ashcroft, which was given to me recently.
In this book, she’s writing about an old photograph that haunts her.
Here’s what she writes:
“A black and white photo captures the …hunger, freezes it for all time in a mother’s eyes.
Taken at the end of World War II, the picture shows a woman, standing on a European train platform, searching the faces of soldiers finall
READ: Malachi 3.1-4 & Luke 3.1-6 Have you ever seen glass being made?
There are two basic ingredients: Sand and fire.
You have a very hot kiln or oven and dump some sand into it, then it melts into sort of a lava, and when it cools again, and you will have glass.
It won’t be beautiful — it might not even look like the glass we think about, but it will be transformed from sand into glass.
To make the glass beautiful, it must be — what’s the word I’m looking for?
READ: Jeremiah 33.14-16 and Luke 21.25-36 In the parsonage dining room, I have a wonderful old, dark-oak table.
It was given to me by a friend who used to procure antiques,
and when I received it, it was already in poor shape for having spent a few seasons largely unprotected from the elements in a leaky barn outside of Lancaster.
The damp and cold and heat and dryness of the seasons warped the table top.
So I brought it home, sanded it down, re-glued the original rabbet
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