There are defining moments in the life of every nation; a moment that shapes the life of a people for generations to come. When I think of this county, I think of the American Revolution, the Civil War, the struggle for civil rights, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the war in Viet Nam.
Delivered by Br. David Vryhof.
We hear that John and Jesus meet up with one another along the Jordan river. This must have been shocking for both of them. John and Jesus are cousins, and both of them are now about 30 years old, which is well advanced in years for that time – and they have known each other since their infancies. Continue reading
Jer. 31:7-14/ Psalm 84:1-8/ Eph. 1:3-6, 15-19a/ Luke 2:41-52
Paul calls Jesus the “wisdom of God” [1 Cor. 1:24]. And Jesus seems to refer to himself as “wisdom”—“wisdom is vindicated by her deeds”[Mt. 11:19]—somewhat obscurely, with a little gender-bending. And today we see the wisdom of God, the Word made flesh, the One through whom all things came to be, as a cheeky adolescent. Cheeky, but increasing in wisdom. “And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years…” Continue reading
“Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
I Samuel 3:10
I once had a deaf friend, an earnest Christian, who asked me whether hearing people could hear God’s voice as clearly as they could hear one another’s voices. He had often observed hearing people responding to one another’s voices, mysteriously communicating meaning to one another through the movements of their jaws and lips, and understanding one another even when they weren’t looking at each other, or when the speaker was in another room. He had learned that they possessed a mysterious ability that he had never had, and now he wondered if the same ability that enabled them to communicate with one another even when separated by a wall or a door enabled them also to communicate with God. “Does God talk to you?” he asked; “Can you hear God?”