Entering Advent

(Advent 1) It’s Saturday afternoon and I’m sitting in Starbucks, jazzy Christmas music playing slightly too loudly for either thought or conversation, a seasonal Chestnut Praline latte before me – and I take a moment (or several moments to think about Advent. The music, the mistletoe decorations painted on the windows, the red Starbucks cup …

Like a Kookum

Isaiah 40:1-11 (part 2) As I think through this passage, I try and figure out what it would look like in our context now.  It’s a story of exile, a story of being distanced from your land.  Having lived in many places, I don’t really understand the ‘tied to the land’ feeling, although I get …