I preached tonight at Woodmen Valley Chapel, it was hard for me. A few months ago a friend of mine sent me a letter re:preaching. He said that preaching is essentially aligning two texts, the Text of God’s words and of the people we serve, the latter according to him can only be truly found if we hang out in the people’s kitchens. Tonight standing in front of the masses I knew that I did not experience their kitchens. I am tired.

Lollie and I are reading “Watch for the Lightreadings for Christmas and Advent” – here is a quote from Brennan Manning out of this book:

I wonder, if we were to stop people at random in the street on December 24 and ask them what they want most for Christmas, how many would say, “I want to see Jesus”? I believe that the single most important consideration during the sacred season of Advent is intensity of desire. Paraphrasing the late Rabbi Abraham Heschel, “Jesus Christ is of no importance unless he is of supreme importance.”