Tamar carefully removes her widowed clothing and puts on clothing and a veil that will signify to others that she is available for prostitution. She then walks to the entrance to Enaim to wait for her father-in-law, Judah. She is nervous as she waits, but this seems like the only option available for her. She … Continue reading The Courage of Tamar (Gen. 38)
What do we think of when we hear the name Eve? Does Eve’s name invoke a positive or negative image of her? Additionally, how does one’s perception of Eve relate to how one views women in general? Are women to be viewed as the cause of sin entering the world? There is a wide-spread understanding … Continue reading Was Eve Really a Seductress?
I have always loved fairytales and the promise of a story that despite problems faced would end happily. I think of Cinderella and how we identify with the unfairness of her situation of being forced from a position of “daughter” to that of “servant,” and then how we rejoice when despite all the machinations of … Continue reading Fairytale Faith
When I was a young girl, I remember my Dad telling me that his favorite Christmas song was “The Little Drummer Boy.” I have been thinking about that song for the past few days: what it teaches regarding what we give to God. The song is endearing; a young boy going to see baby Jesus … Continue reading What Gift Shall We Bring?
“Now at this time Mary arose and went in a hurry to the hill country, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth” (Luke 1:39-40 NRSV). As we reflect this Advent season, we need to ask ourselves if we are living our faith with a sense of urgency. Immediately … Continue reading Advent: The Need for Urgency
God is a God who sees. Why is this important to remember? What comfort can we draw from it? To fully understand the importance, we must examine the passage where God is revealed as a God who sees. In Genesis chapters 16 and 21 we have an amazing account of an angel of the Lord … Continue reading The God Who Sees Me
“And lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy” (Matthew 2:9a-10 NASB). I always loved going to Santa’s Workshop when I was in elementary school. … Continue reading You Light up My Life
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42 NRSV) I find it amazing that Elizabeth was able to see that Mary had been blessed. Now, scripture tells us that before she spoke, she was filled with the Holy Spirit, but one has to be open to Spirit. … Continue reading Seeing the Blessing
“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28 NRSV). The angel Gabriel appears to Mary with a greeting and refers to her as a favored one, a blessed person. We are not told of anything in Mary’s past that would signify such a greeting, so we must ascertain that this ‘favored’ bestowal from … Continue reading The Gift of God with Us
In Luke’s Gospel, we have the account of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary to inform her that she has found favor in God’s sight. In Mary’s conversation with Gabriel we are informed that God has chosen her to give birth to God’s own Son, who will be named Jesus. This conversation ends with Mary’s … Continue reading Taking a Risk in Saying Yes: Mary’s Faith