Monthly Archive for: ‘November, 2012’

“Like the Morning Light…” –2 Samuel 23:1-7, John 18:33-37 — Nov. 25, 2012

  I was working here alone on Friday morning, my Thanksgiving dinner still pleasantly digesting as I was pondering what I should have done to make the turkey a little less dry. I haven’t had to cook the turkey for several years now, as we’ve been accustomed to traveling up to Potsdam to be with Bruce’s parents and aunt, and …

“Birth Pangs”–1 Samuel 1:4-20, Mark 13:1-8 –Nov. 18, 2012

You may or may not know that the world is supposed to be coming to an end on December 21, 2012.  That’s the cyberspace and tabloid buzz around the date on which the ancient Mayan “Long Count” calendar ends. The Mayans were a central American culture which thrived between 250 and 950 of the Common Era, who were known for …

“On the edge”– Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Mark 12:38-44– Nov. 11, 2012

The word for widow in Hebrew means “one who is silent.” It reflected the status of widows in ancient culture, which was utterly dependent, having no voice of their own, having no home of their own other than their husband’s nearest male relative, if he would take her in, and who might fulfill his obligation to give her a son, …

“Of princes, widows, and orphans…”11 Ruth 1:1-18, Psalm 146 — November 4, 2012

“In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons.” The story of Ruth begins like the story of so many other people, who find themselves displaced, adrift, at a loss, through no …

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