Waiting Longer than 40 Weeks


Mary is 36 weeks pregnant, and baby Jesus is due any day. How do we learn to wait for a baby savior? Waiting for Christmas is about waiting for a baby to be born, and as any mom will tell you, that kind of waiting is hard work. We get impatient. We get distracted. We
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Re-Defining Thanksgiving


Like I wrote about earlier in the week, Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love the idea of expressing gratitude. I love the opportunity to be gathered around a table of people who know and love you well. I love eating pie without guilt! For these reasons and many more, I’m
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Re-Thinking Thanksgiving


It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States, that time of year when we all start thinking a little more precisely about what it means to be thankful. In my household, Thanksgiving always including making an “I’m thankful for…” list. It’s a beloved pre-thanksgiving meal activity I’ve participated in since childhood when my grandmother would ask
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The Danger of Certainty


Excerpt from sermon preached at Oaklands Presbyterian Church, Laurel, MD on Mark 13:1-8 Mark 13 is an interesting text. It begins this way: One disciple says to Jesus on the way, “Look, Teacher, what massive stones! What magnificent buildings!” It’s a keen observation of opulence. The glory of the temple was Herod’s doing. He’d created
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Ending the War of Us vs. Them


Recently while in the religion section of Barnes and Noble, I found two books in that struck me indicative of America at this juncture. One was entitled Why the Christian Right Is Wrong and the other was God’s Own Party: The Making of the Christian Right.  I felt like both covers were screaming at me. Both books not
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9 Years as Rev. Elizabeth


On November 4, 2006, I accepted my ordination vows. Nine years ago today I became Rev. Elizabeth.  In front of friends, family and the church gathered at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC I was asked these questions and responded with these words: Elizabeth, do you truly believe that you are called to be an
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All of Life Is a Gift


So many of us have desires for our lives that begin: “I deserve” or “I must have.” We want what everyone else has. We ask God for very specific things. We want life to be somewhat fair. Of course, it’s very human of us to feel this way. But if we don’t get what we
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It Gets Better


A couple of weeks ago, I was chatting with a friend about some mutual acquaintances of ours who recently married. “Oh, they’re in the really happy phase of marriage,” my friend proclaimed about the couple. “I’m sure they look at each other googley eyed all the time. They can’t wait to come home to each
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