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...

Prayer for The Communion of Saints

I am writing this on a Sunday afternoon in Virginia as I sit in the local church yard, which is to say the cemetery of the church I attend, with about eighty other people. Friends and neighbors, fellow parishioners and strangers, we are scattered in small groups among...

Prayer for Theological Conversations Via Text Messages

One of my granddaughters, who in recent days has turned thirteen, finds herself in the midst of a theological crisis. I learned this text messaging with her. I should note that “theological crisis” is my way of naming the situation, not hers. Also, while I do not...

Crucial Conversations with a Small ‘c’

I knew it was going to be a crucial conversation—for me at least. It was 65 days since e-filing, and our state income tax refund still had not been deposited in our checking account. I knew I had better call and talk with an official person even though it had been...