What I Want for Christmas


What I Want for Christmas

the gift of love

and health

and time

and money

not necessarily in that order


a chance to see peace

to see justice

to see the end of xenophobia

to see Donald Trump withdraw

which would, of course, be prerequisite to the above


a fine bottle of wine

and friends to share it

a low carb Christmas dinner

a recliner to welcome my aching bones

Christmas jazz and family chats


let me hear

angels singing of good will

let me witness

modern wise men–and women–acting on faith

let the world be filled with the hope He gifted us so long ago

and loving hearts to share it


The Nativity scene.

The Nativity scene at the Grotto in Portland

Female Disciples?

Happy Easter! Christ is risen!

Noli mi Tangere, by Titian c. 1512 (Wikimedia, public domain)

Noli mi Tangere, by Titian c. 1512 (Wikimedia, public domain)

Let’s talk about the women who traveled with Jesus in His ministry.

Mary Magdalene was present at the crucifixion and burial of Christ, and at the discovery of the empty tomb three days later. She was the first to see and speak with the risen Christ.

I’ve heard it said that she was a prostitute, and popular movies such as The Last Temptation of Christ (which I otherwise loved–including the controversial dream sequence) portrayed her in this way.


Mary Magdalene was one of several very important women in Jesus’ ministry.  She met him because she was ill and in need of healing.

According to Luke 8:1-3, Mary Magdalene, along with Joanna, Susanna, and “many other” women who had been healed, accompanied Jesus and the twelve disciples from town to town, supporting the group financially “out of their own means.” Mary hailed from Magdala, a vibrant seaport at the time, and may have come from a well-to-do merchant family.

So, let the rumors be put to rest, and let us continue to think about the importance of these brave women to the ministry of Christ.

Thoughts on Lent

Just completed Day 30 in my Lenten reading plan on YouVersion. (I highly recommend YouVersion for anyone who wants to have convenient access to a searchable Bible and flexible, meaningful reading plans or devotions.)

I ran across a lovely prayer written by F.B. Meyer (1847-1929). Here is an excerpt:

“…that I may daily do something to lessen the tide of human sorrow, and add to the sum of human happiness.”

It reminded me of a wonderful quote from one of my favorite poets (which I am drawing from memory, and hope I have it right):

“We are here to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I do not know.” – W.H. Auden

I hope that you and your significant others experience a very grand sum of happiness during this holy season. God bless!