Entries by Kathy Graves

In the Middle of this Mess

Today is Epiphany, when we recall the journey of the Magi to see the Christ Child in Bethlehem…We imagine them arriving with great pomp and circumstance, kneeling with reverence before a simple manger that cradled an unexpected kind of king…Yet in reality the picture was far more complicated than this. From the beginning, the Magi’s search for the Christ Child was fraught with complicated politics, sinister manipulations, and dangerous possibilities.

Speaking Hope in a Time of Chaos and Grief

I have no words adequate to the task of speaking hope into the sea of chaos and grief that has been the reality for so many this year. I have learned over many years that when I am at a loss for words, the Spirit may be inviting me to stop, be still, listen, and wonder.

Love in a Long December

In the liturgical season of Advent, this fourth Sunday is about love. Amidst our blue Christmas, chocked full of grief and loss, we hold fast to what love has wrought us. Love has given us not only the people we miss but also those quarantined alongside us.

A Different Advent, and Yet…

Advent is upon us again, that season marked by heavy anticipation and the kind of hopefulness that has us holding our breath, watching for the newness of God to be born among us again … But this year seems so different.