Night and Day

“Anna, a widow for eighty-four years, never left the temple, but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day.” -Luke 2:37 Read Luke 2:36-38 As a young woman serving with Youth With A Mission in Hollywood, I was introduced to Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God. In his collected writings, this […]

Simeon: Let Your Servant Go in Peace

“This man was righteous and devout, and the Holy Spirit rested upon him. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.” -Luke 2:25-26 Read Luke 2:25-35 I have seen many years; I take heart. I found Hope the moment I saw this child—the poor […]


“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” -Luke 2:8-10 Read Luke 2:1-20 Jesus’s birth was announced to the shepherds in the fields as “good news that will cause great joy for all people.” Good news. Great joy. All […]

Second Fiddle

“When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took Mary as his wife.” -Matthew 1:24 Read: Matthew 1:18-25 Afriend of mine created for himself a striking email address: He actually played violin, but his chosen address had a deeper meaning. During the time he was my […]

Mercy and Promise

“He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham, and to his descendants forever.” -Luke 1:54-55 Read Luke 1:46-56 When I asked one of my teenage daughters to reflect on this poem of Mary (likely a teenager herself), she replied: “It’s about […]

Zechariah’s Prophecy

“He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David, salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us.” -Luke 1:69-71 Read Luke 1:57-80 Zechariah’s prophecy, called the last prophecy of the old covenant, speaks in terms that are reflective of the old covenant […]

Surprised by the Spirit

“Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.’” -Luke 1:41-42 Read: Luke 1:39-45 After a missed turn, I found myself in the cathedral of Alajuela, Costa Rica, staring up at the altarpiece of Nuestra Señora del Pilar. Because the “Hail Mary” […]


“‘The days are surely coming,’ says the Lord.” -Jeremiah 31: 31 Read Jeremiah 31:31–34 As I prepared to walk the Camino de Santiago—a 500-mile pilgrimage across Northern Spain—well-wishers would often say, “Godspeed.” Of course “Godspeed” is a medieval expression meaning “good journey.” Nevertheless, we tend to hear it as “God’s speed.” As I walked 40 […]

Turning Point

“He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.” -Isaiah 11:3b Read Isaiah 11:1-9 Great stories often have a moment when all seems lost. Then, out of nowhere, the hero comes back, finds some unknown or previously untapped source of power and inner strength […]

Isaiah’s Good News

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.” -Isaiah 9:2 Read Isaiah 9:2-7 Iwish you could meet my two friends who minister in downtown Los Angeles. For 30 years Pastor Greg, an African American, and Pastor Luis, a Latino, […]