Championing Children as They Grow, Even from Afar

Good morning. My name is Katy Peachey, and if you attend Good Shepherd regularly, there is a very good chance that you know me, you’ve heard of me, or you’ve seen me running around. I work with the Children’s Ministry, I’ve served as an Assisting Minister, and growing up I was always in one of…

Stories of Hope – December 24

Christ climbed down From his bare tree This year And ran away to where There were no rootless Christmas trees Hung with candycanes and breakable stars Christ climbed down From his bare tree This year And ran away to where There were no gilded Christmas trees And no tinsel Christmas trees And no tinfoil Christmas…

Stories of Hope – December 23

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. In that “Emmanuel” literally means “God with us,” this most familiar verse of this Advent carol speaks an important truth that we often gloss over:…

Stories of Hope – December 22

Pre-Christian peoples who lived far north and who suffered the archetypal loss of life and light with the disappearance of the sun had a way of wooing back life and hope. Primitives do not separate the natural phenomena from their religious or mystical yearning, so nature and mystery remained combined. As they days grew shorter…

Stories of Hope – December 21

There comes a ship a-sailing With angels flying fast; She bears a splendid cargo And has a mighty mast. This ship is fully laden, Right to her highest board; She bears the son from heaven God’s high eternal word. And that ship’s name is Mary, Of flowers the rose is she, And brings to us…

Stories of Hope – December 20

Since Adam, being free to choose, Chose to imagine he was free To choose his own necessity, Lost in his freedom, Man pursues The shadow of his images: Today the unknown seeks the known; What I am willed to ask, your own Will has to answer; child, it lies Within your power of choosing to…

Stories of Hope – December 19

Earth grown old, yet still so green, Deep beneath her crust of cold Nurses fire unfelt, unseen: Earth grown old. We who live are quickly told: Millions more lie hid between Inner swathings of her fold. When will fire break up her screen? When will life burst thro’ her mould? Earth, earth, earth, thy cold…

Stories of Hope – December 18

Exspectetur sicut pluvial elquium Domini: et descendet super nos sicut ros Deus noster.  We wait for the word of the Lord as we wait for the rains and our God shall come down upon us like gentle dew. -Monastic liturgy At times, when we struggle, we pray that God would intervene. “Help, God!” we cry….

Stories of Hope – December 17

Every human act, every Christian act, is an act of hope. But that means you must be men and women of the present, you must live this moment – really live it, not just endure it – because this very moment, for all its imperfection and frustration, because of its imperfection and frustration, is pregnant…

Stories of Hope – December 16

O come, O King of nations, come, O Cornerstone that binds in one: refresh the hearts that long for you; restore the broken, make us new. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. Over the years, I’ve known many people who were self-conscious about their scars. One always wore long pants to cover…

Stories of Hope – December 15

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope. Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history; therefore we must be saved by faith. Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore we must be…

Stories of Hope – December 14

Baruch atta, Adonai, Elohenu melech ha-olam, Shehecheyanu v’kiyemanu V’higianu laz-man hazeh. Blessed is the Lord our God, ruler of the universe, For you have kept us in life, sustained us, And brought us to this holy season. -Jewish prayer book for Chanukah  Our Jewish friends have just ended their Chanukah celebrations, marking the miracle of…