Monthly Archives: December 2016


It is not my place to regret the turning of the earth upon its axis, nor to mourn the passing of the year, the starlight winked and blinked across the empty spaces, fallen, finally, at our feet, and gone. It … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve

A message for and from the Church of the Epiphany, Euclid, Ohio There’s something strange about the sign that the shepherds outside Bethlehem received that Christmas night so long ago. After all, if a choir of angels appears above the … Continue reading

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Married to the miracle

A sermon for the Fourth Sunday of Advent in Year A. Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25 So this is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: his mother, Mary, engaged but not married, was found to be with child by the … Continue reading

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Do not be afraid of the dark

An Advent devotion for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. Today is the commemoration of St John of the Cross; Juan de la Cruz Juan de la Cruz is best known to us for his luminous phrase, “the dark night of … Continue reading

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Of prophets and (im)patience

A sermon for a snowy third Sunday of Advent in Euclid, Ohio. Isaiah 35:1-10, James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11,  Canticle 15 (the Song of Mary) Isaiah the prophet wrote the better part of three thousand years ago, maybe in the eighth century BCE, “Here is your … Continue reading

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Shoulder season

The Spirit keeps reaching, gripping my shoulders, telling me to sit, stay a while. Over my shoulder, promising, promising soon, soon, surging on to one more thing, I feel the snag of her fingers between my bones, aching from raking … Continue reading

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Advent joy

I was blessed to hear our deacon-in-training preach this morning, so instead of a sermon for Advent 2, I am sharing the reflection from the closing Eucharist of yesterday’s Advent Quiet Day at St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Lakewood, Ohio. The … Continue reading

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Burnt blessings

On Twitter last night, reflecting on the readings to come in a week that was … chaffy … I posted that I could stand to see some chaff burn: Bring it on, was the prayer that I tweeted. Whether rashly … Continue reading

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