Empty Lambing Pen--Empty Tomb

           Saint Matthew’s account of the Empty Tomb contains this angelic message: “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. 7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples, […]

Easter Sunrise Service

            I was compelled. As assistant minister at the 10:30 Easter Eucharist at Salem Lutheran in Sycamore I felt mightily compelled to go against proper protocol and make a personal witness before reading the first and second lessons.

Perhaps some of you may have attended Easter Sunrise Worship earlier this morning. I must […]

Sheep, Eat, Sleep

Sheep.

            Since April 8 it has been lambing time here. And we were watching for them for a week before then.

            Twenty-one ewes have lambed and we have 34 lambs on the ground. Early on it was all twins, but we have had quite a few giant singles lately. One, I think, was about […]

First Lambs of '14

Yesterday, up at 5:30 a.m.

Other days I would toss and turn myself back to sleep and get up at  7:30, but this day we were a week past what the calendar said was the start of lambing, so there was the extra electricity of being needed in the barn.

I skipped my stretching, roll-ups and […]

The Woman at the Well

The famous dialog between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well is part of a series of beautifully crafted dialogs in the Fourth Gospel. Several themes appear repeatedly in this series.

 

Spiritual knowing or seeing is one theme. Jesus is operating on the highest spiritual plane and he works to lift others up—something that […]