Gifts to God

Gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gifts of the Magi for the Christ Child. Gold was a traditional tribute gift to a king. It represented the best. By presenting gold to the Christ Child the three wise men recognized Jesus as King, and God incarnate. Frankincense was an expensive resin burned during worship. It left no residue. Frankincense symbolized the holiness of the Christ Child. His future sacrifice would leave nothing bad behind, only his holiness would remain. Myrrh was an aromatic gum, frequently used in embalming. As a gift to the Christ Child it represented the bitterness and suffering that were to come. Three gifts worthy of a king. Three gifts symbolizing the Christ Child's divinity,

Finding Joy

A few times a day I am invited, via my iPhone, to track my happiness. It's part of a study to determine what contributes to happiness. (You can find out more at the October 16, 2015 edition of the Ted Radio Hour. There are about 10 quickly-answered questions, three of them are standard: How do you feel? Are you feeling joy? Are you feeling awe? Most of the time my answers to all three questions are neutral. Generally I feel fine, just fine. I don't think I've ever said that I was feeling awe. Generally I'm not even experiencing joy. Except on Sunday. The invitation to answer the questions came as I was preparing for worship. The choir had rehearsed and I had a fun song running through my hea


I don't normally watch the morning network programs. I appreciate the 15 minutes of news that they start with, but the following hours of fluff are more than I can take. But on Thanksgiving morning I was in a hotel room, with no food preparations awaiting me, so I had the TV on. One of the stations had a live panel answering 911 questions from viewers. "How do I make the skin crispy." "How do I make sausage stuffing." "What can I do instead of a pumpkin pie when I've run out of time." It occurred to me that if your question at 9 am on Thanksgiving morning is "what can I do instead of a pumpkin pie when I've run out time, " then you really just need to give up and make other arrangements, and

The Gift of Tears

Sunday evening I texted my son in college: “Today was my last Sunday at work – wept all the way through communion.” His response: “It’s good to cry, right? It means you care about them.” “Yes, O Wise One,” I texted back. Since written media doesn’t capture intonation – I hope he heard that my response was praise and admiration – really joy that a 20 year old young man in this culture could respond with such emotional intelligence. And of course, there was the sin of pride creeping in -- that we had taught him well. Dr. William Pollack in his book Real Boys says that boys that don’t cry tears cry bullets. Beneath anger, sometimes way down deep is grief. I recall a conversation with a man I

The Gift of St. Nicholas

Growing up my family didn’t have any traditions around Santa Claus; so, I never “believed” in him. All I remember of Santa Claus is that a friend told me in high school that I had been the one many years prior to disabuse her of the notion that Santa was real. Being a truth teller is not always a good nor popular thing! Fast forward not so many years later and my sister had her children long before I had mine. She seemed to make up for our parents’ lack of imagination in regards to Mr. Claus. In my memory, she went over the top the other way so that there was no room left in Christmas for Christ. (I’m going to visit her and my one niece in Florida next week; I’ll be sure to check out my

St. Stephen's 

Lutheran Church

To Love, To Invite, To Serve


1301 N Broom Street Wilmington, DE 19806


As a Reconciling in Christ congregation of the ELCA, we believe that the gospel is God's gift to all people, shared unconditionally and without regard to race, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic or family status, age, physical or mental abilities, outward appearance, or religious affiliation. We seek to live the truth written in Ephesians that Christ breaks down the dividing walls between us and makes us one.


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St. Stephen's Lutheran Church

1301 N Broom Street, Wilmington, DE 19806



We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Delaware-Maryland Synod.



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