The Voice of Anna: Keep Waiting

Ken Eriks

Read: Luke 2:36-40 The Voice of Anna: Keep Waiting She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. (v. 37) I confess that I often become impatient in waiting for God. I wish he could see the wisdom in what I am trying to do and help out a bit. But God will not be hurried. He will not be bent to my plan or my will because God’s plan is far better than …

The Voice of Struggle: Pain

Ken Eriks

Read: Luke 2:33-35 A sword will pierce through your own soul also. (v. 35) As Simeon held the small child Jesus, the Spirit caused him to see something others could not see. What he saw in the mother’s eyes and the baby’s tiny hands was a long way off. But it was there. He couldn’t pretend it wasn’t: “This child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel . . . (and a sword will pierce through …

The Voice of Simeon: Be Ready

Ken Eriks

Read: Luke 2:22-32 He came in the Spirit into the temple (v. 27) William Meuhl tells of visiting an old colonial home in New Haven, Connecticut. As he toured it, he noticed an old rifle hanging over the fireplace. He reached for it, but the home’s owner stopped him: “Don’t, it might go off.” When he asked her why such an old gun was sitting around loaded, she said that her great, great grandfather had loaded the gun, then hung …

The Voice of Rachel: Weeping

Ken Eriks

Read: Matthew 2:13-23 A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation. (v. 18) In churches that follow the Common Lectionary, December 28 is the date set aside to remember the massacre of the children by Herod, the slaughter of the innocents. We are asked to move in three short days from the peace and quiet of Bethlehem—“O little town of Bethlehem / How still we see thee lie”—to pure bedlam with soldiers breaking into houses to kill innocent …

The Voices of Angels: Glory to God!

Ken Eriks

Read: Luke 2:14-20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (vv. 20) Sabina Wurmbrand was the wife of an evangelical pastor in Romania. During the Communist era in Romania, both she and her husband were imprisoned for their faith. It was an incredibly difficult experience. She was separated from her son and her husband. She was interrogated and tortured. But something changed for Sabina after a conversation …

The Voice of Welcome

Ken Eriks

Read: Luke 2:8-14 In the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. (v. 8) There had been a time when being a shepherd was an honored profession. David, Israel’s greatest king, had been one. Psalm 23 is built around the image of a shepherd. But by the time Jesus was born, shepherds were not looked on kindly. They were from the lower ranks of society. They were often suspected as potential …