Prayer for the Desolate

                                                 Even in a world that’s being shipwrecked, remain brave and strong.                                                                                                                                              —Hildegard...

Final Advent: Christmas!

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock   CHRISTMAS                                                                                                                                                                             ...

Advent Week 4

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock   ADVENT WEEK IV                                                                                                                                                                         ...

Advent Week 3

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock   ADVENT WEEK III                                                                                                                                                                       ...

Advent Week 2

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock   ADVENT WEEK II                                                                                                                                                                         ...

Advent Week 1

REFLECTIONS DURING ADVENT Words, Word, Exhortations, and Greetings By Angier Brock   I love words, and my hope for language is always that it might elevate, inspire, and illuminate—not frighten, insult, and obfuscate. What draws my attention in this year’s gospel...

Gratitude and Guilt

For so many of us the Holidays are a tricky time of year. In the lead-up to this Thanksgiving, I’ve certainly been feeling some ambivalence. My daughter was born two years ago on November 23rd, so as she approaches her second birthday a healthy and vibrant girl, I...

Prayer for the Starlings

Do you know starlings? Many people consider them nuisance birds. It is true that they are not native to North America and that they can be both destructive to crops and hazardous to air craft. To be honest, when they descend on my yard in large numbers and gobble up...

Prayer for Persimmons and Stories

The first story came a few months ago from a close friend. She and I were having dinner together, and as it often happens, our conversation ranged around a number of topics—what we’d been reading, politics, where we’d been and who we’d seen, our families. The Me Too...

Prayer for How We Use the Name of Jesus

In June, I wrote about possibly having lunch with a woman from my church to talk over our political differences. I didn’t have illusions about changing her mind, but I hoped I would come to understand a little about why we hold such divergent views. Thus far, we have...