Unlike that lone first star of Christmas night
This union burns expectedly above,
But like that light, this, too, shines highest, bright
And may still testify of searing love.
Drawn closer by the work of innovation,
Man captures and contains this far-off flare.
How like and unlike the flame of incarnation
That, inverse, came to earth to draw us near.
‘Tis not that Morning Star of which we sing,
Yet still we see the story in its path:
The bringer of jollity, the cosmic king,
Obscures and reignites the shade of death.
Though not the light first followed by wise men,R. McLaren 12/22/20
These heavenly hosts proclaim His word again.
I glimpsed the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn last night during an evening run. Although I believe that the actual Christmas star described in the Gospels was providentially supernatural, I am yet convinced that the very order of the cosmos contains theological significance worth our awed contemplation.
If I do not write again before Friday (Christmas is busy for musicians), I wish you a safe and merry Christmas, my dear Reader.
Hello and welcome! I don’t love that I my name is also my website because I always thought that being a writer was about muttering to myself in the artistic anonymity of a dark corner, but here we are in this year of our Lord 2023.
So who am I? Instagram wanted me to select “what” I am and gave me a set of limited options: artist, writer, blogger, or musician. The reality, though, is that I am a human person, not an internet personality. I am not a “what” but a “who,” with an eclectic and evolving set of passions. Just when you think you know what to expect from me, I’ll probably surprise you. (Getting used to articles on worship music? SURPRISE: spooky short story! Expecting another theological sonnet? SURPRISE: a random musing on my fascination with Bigfoot.)
I’m going to organize my website so that it is easy to navigate and simple to find the content that you find the most interesting. However, because I am a collaborative pianist, worship director, pastor’s wife, speaker, and writer of all genres, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble upon writing that falls beyond your usual reading material…and that’s okay.
I’m so glad you’re here, and I look forward to sharing my work with you!
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