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Scripture See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:2-3 Comment This week we begin a series of reflections and prayers for Advent. I grew up with the Lutheran family tradition...

Scripture May your fountain be blessed, and may you rejoice in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful deer – may her breasts satisfy you always, may you ever be intoxicated with her love. Proverbs 5: 18-19 Comment In his wisdom God made us physical and sensual. His desire for us is that we retain our desire for our partner and...

Scripture Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I...

Scripture Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Comment My wife came up to me earlier this week and said the following: “I’ve just been praying for you and I want you to know that you are a lovely man. You are kind and sensitive and wise and...

Scripture “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a...