Good morning, preachers! It's that festive season of the year when church and family activities may well be at risk of overlapping, even colliding. The things we feel compelled to do compete with the things that might give us a sense of the season as we idealize it. And for preachers, it is the 11th hour, the moment of truth.
What shall we preach?
John the Baptist -- really, would you think of him this way? Not me, but apparently this was DaVinci's vision of him. He certainly looks knowing and pleased with himself. But didn't we talk about him just last week?
You could do something with the Psalm or 1 Thessalonians, but I have to admit, I like the gospel in Advent. The alternative to the Psalm is the Magnificat, so there's another angle to try, though Isaiah gets at the same things.
I'll keep the coffee brewing, and I'm happy to share oatmeal with you. We'll save the M&M cookies for later...