Re-Post: When Christmas Dies

Re-Post: When Christmas Dies

by Tim (2 years ago),   read time: twenty minutes

Christmas is a celebration of the day God came back to us by being born, as Jesus. Advent, from the Latin word adventus which means arrival, is the four-week season before Christmas when Christians try to remember what it was like before Jesus arrived. We try to empathize with the incredible longing and expectation felt by the Jews who awaited Him and the rest of the world who hoped for something like Him. Advent is an annual spiritual exercise that helps bring Christmas to life. We do it because we recognize that Christmas can actually become lifeless. In fact, for many of us today, Christmas may have died altogether...

A Year Without Writing

A Year Without Writing

by Tim

We expected Camden to arrive before Christmas. Then we hoped semi-seriously that he'd make it by Midnight on New Years for the tax break. Then we waited and waited until January 13th when Monique's body (finally, it seemed) began its long and brilliant labor. Three days later Camden was cut from his umbilical lifeline and asked to breathe his first breath...

2014: A Year to Cry, Maranatha

2014: A Year to Cry, Maranatha

by Tim,

What a year. Like any, 2014 delivered great good and evil. Here in San Francisco, people married, babies arrived, and the ragtag Giants won yet another World Series for goodness’ sake! We smiled, laughed, and cheered. But we also watched friends die and widows mourn, felt the injustice of our still racist nation, and followed an endless slough of horrific world news. We cried, protested, and yearned for some silver lining in it all...

Consider the Pigeons: How a Blog Got its Name

Consider the Pigeons: How a Blog Got its Name

by Tim,

We tried for awhile to land on a name for our new blog before deciding on Consider the Pigeons. We know it's odd. But to us it speaks to faith, joy, wisdom, beauty, and the wonderful challenge of life in San Francisco. It’s really a snapshot of who we are, what we think, and why we’re here, which is what we started this blog to share. It also still makes us smile. Let me explain...