Stories of Hope – December 7

We’re gonna sit at the welcome table! We’re gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days! Hallelujah! We’re gonna sit at the welcome table! Gonna sit at the welcome table one of these days.  All kinds of people around that table one of these days! Hallelujah! All kinds of people round that table!…

Stories of Hope – December 6

What keeps you from giving now? Isn’t the poor person there? Aren’t your own warehouses full? Isn’t the reward promised? The command is clear: the hungry person is dying now, the naked person is freezing now, the person in debt is beaten now – and you want to wait until tomorrow? ‘I’m not doing any…

Stories of Hope – December 5

Face to face with our limits, Blinking before the frightful Stare of our frailty, Promise rises Like a posse of clever maids Who do not fear the dark Because their readiness Lights the search. Their oil Becomes the measure of their love, Their ability to wait – An indication of their Capacity to trust and…

Stories of Hope – December 4

Expectation…is perhaps the supreme Christian function and the most distinctive characteristic of our religion. Historically speaking, that expectation has never ceased to guide the progress of our faith like a torch…We persist in saying that we keep vigil in expectation of the Master. But in reality we should have to admit, if we were sincere,…

Stories of Hope – December 3

The anxiety-ridden cannot enjoy peace and quiet either. Their words and actions go on amid the din of unceasing noise. Their songs and pleasures are loud and slapdash, as if they were afraid to catch God’s alien note in the chorus. They meticulously drown out silence with incessant talk and noisy chatter, so that they…

Stories of Hope – December 2

O come, O Key of David, come, and open wide our heav’nly home; make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. To hold a key is to wield enormous power. When we open or close doors for others – to…

Stories of Hope – December 1

Advent is both a beginning and an end, an alpha and an omega of the church’s year of grace. Too often considered merely a season of preparation for the annual commemoration of Christ’s birth, this rich and many-layered season is actually designed to prepare the Christian for the glorious possibilities of the Parousia. It is…

November 30, 2018 – Stories of Hope

Blessed feasts of blessed martyrs,             Holy women, holy men,             With affection’s recollections             Greet we your return again. -12th Century Latin Hymn The season of Advent begins by honoring St. Andrew, the brother of Peter.  November 30th is Saint Andrew’s feast day, but not many people know that.  In fact, I’d dare say…

Stories of Hope – An Advent Devotional for 2018

In the coming blog posts, throughout the coming days, you’ll find poems, short reflections, questions, and prayers that will accompany you on your Advent journey. We’ve entitled this collection “Stories of Hope” not because you’ll get a succinct, hopeful story each day, but because it is our hope that each day you’ll be led to…

Good Shepherd’s Magi Tree: A Parable

Each year, the Magi Tree at Good Shepherd gives us the opportunity to share gifts with those less fortunate during the holidays. Children in the Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) Foster Care Program, survivors of Hurricane Florence, and our adult friends with developmental disabilities are recipients of Magi Tree gifts this year. This Sunday, take a…

Parable: The Walker Family & Coffeehouse

Coffeehouse has been a service opportunity that we have been fortunate to be a part of for the last few years.  When we first started, it was just that, a service opportunity.  However, we have found that serving others at Coffeehouse has evolved into being a part of a Raleigh community that we might not…

Parable: Cliff Wilcoxen and Meals on Wheels

Cliff Wilcoxen has been serving our community through Meals on Wheels for almost 20 years. When asked to talk about this ministry, he doesn’t talk about himself, but instead talks about the many people with whom he has formed relationships over the years. One person enjoys discussing her morning devotion with him. Another expresses concerns…