Merry Christmas in 2020!

From the Bidding prayer, the opening prayer in the liturgy of the Lessons & Carols:

Beloved in Christ, be it this Christmas Day our care and delight, to prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the angels, to find our life in the Lord of the Manger, let us go with one heart, with one mind, to the Maker of Heaven and Earth, and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, truly Man and truly God, and His holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life – one God in three persons, in a holy Christmas prayer, as the Lord bids you to come when He promised, “everyone who calls upon the Name of the Lord shall never be put to shame, and shall be saved.”

And I still love the words of Augustine at this time:

Man’s maker was made man,
that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast;
that the Bread might hunger,
the Fountain thirst,
the Light sleep,
the Way be tired on its journey;
that the Truth might be accused of false witness,
the Teacher be beaten with whips,
the Foundation be suspended on wood;
that Strength might grow weak;
that the Healer might be wounded;
that Life might die.

– Augustine of Hippo (Sermons 191.1)

Finally, I hope the words of “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” encourage you during your holy reflections:

And in despair I bowed my head
There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men 

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Where I Am This Week

We’ve gone campin’!

I’m spending the week with my in-laws at my wife’s family’s cabin in northern MN. Every year in mid-July we get away to celebrate (my wife and son have birthdays, as well as our upcoming anniversary), play in the lake, and catch up with loved ones. We’re looking forward to some time away, praying for those we’re leaving behind, and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors.

I’ve scheduled a few articles to publish while we’re gone, and will try to update as we have opportunity, so it won’t be completely quiet around here.

See you when we get back!

Trail/Driveway to my In-Laws’ House

Where I Am This Week


I’m leaving on jet plane train with my family, my parents, and my sister’s family for a short week in the Windy City. One of our cousins will be getting married, we’ll do some tourism/sight-seeing, and hopefully have a very refreshing, relaxing time. If you’re looking for me, this is where I’ll be.If you’re in Chicago, give a shout! I’d love to meet up.

UPDATE
We made it back! Here’s a great run down of our time in Chi-town.