Not So Silent Night

I didn’t grow up with the Silent Night version of Christmas. Actually, I didn’t grow up with Christmas at all. My parents’ religion didn’t have a sweet, clean, bright idea of how baby Jesus came into the world and how that translated into glittery Christmas ornaments and pop melodies. There are a thousand reasons I […]

Questions for Simeon

“Lord, you now have set your servant free To go in peace as you have promised; For these eyes of mine have seen the Savior…” Song of Simeon, Luke 2:29-30, Book of Common Prayer Do I have enough wrapping paper for all the gifts? Did I buy the right presents for my children and husband? […]

Christ Is Born, and Rachel Weeps

By Trudy Smith Women figure prominently in the story of Jesus’ birth. From an early age, I learned about Mary’s unwavering trust in God, and her courage; I was told about Elizabeth’s joy at the fulfillment of a dream she had long since abandoned. Yet as an adult, I find that the most haunting female presence […]

Making Space For The One Who Changed It All

This morning, my three-year-old son asked me if I needed to “take a space.” At our house, “taking a space” means taking a break from whatever is frustrating you or making you mad. Generally speaking, it’s Mama and Dada’s way of saying, “Dude. Calm your ride.” It’s nice-speak, in other words, for a time-out. But […]

She Keeps Showing Up

There’s a lot to love about Christmas. I love traditions. I love the wild and hard to get your head around upside-down-ness of the Christmas Story—God as a little human baby, not born in a palace or a place of comfort but in a dirty, smelly stable. The waiting of advent. Hope born out of patience […]