Entries by Pastor Rob Smith

Light of the World

In my job as chaplain at Woodwinds Hospital, I get the privilege of having conversations with people almost on a daily basis about how they recognize Jesus Christ in their lives. A lot of people have seen God’s glory full of grace and truth somewhere in their lives. Strangely God’s grace and truth shines through brightest in some of the harder parts of life.

Is That All?

It was around the dinner table our last Christmas gathering, my sister shares the story of her kids and her Christmas most embarrassing moment. My sister carries the majority of the seven nine-year-olds with four of them being hers. It really is a blessing after many years of wanting to children, God blessed them with quadruplets—and they are four healthy and beautiful children. Much to be thankful for. But kids are kids, and we have all had moments that she shared from the Christmas when a dear friend brings gifts for each of the children, and upon opening the presents—the reply from all four was, “Is that all” while in the awkward pause “where’s the big gift?” That kind of sums it up, Is that all? All the anticipation, preparation, and we find ourselves hoping for something more? That’s it?

And He Appears!

In our journeys—going to our families, our families visiting us—may we make room—As it was time—far away from home, Mary sought shelter. Along with many others who traveled for the census—having traveled myself with someone with child—it is not as efficient. There are more stops along the way. And as they rode in to Bethlehem—coming home, the need to find shelter was great, but there was no room. For Mary and Joseph, it didn’t go as planned. I can imagine the conversation, ‘Joseph, didn’t you call ahead?’

Ripeness of Time

So often, the gift we need is so different than the gift we want. Shoot, if we left it up to our own hearts desire—it would kind of look like my Facebook feed. And my Facebook feed—well, it is need of being fed something different than its current eating habits. We too often find our patterns—our truth statements through a one dimensional lens. It is this, or that. In this one dimensional world, truth is reduced to absolute certainty.

Beginnings of a New Thing

Do you ever have moments where you find life is interrupted?  These interruptions are life.  We are surrounded by them.  Turn on the evening news, or open the newspaper?  Let us consider our own lives?  Brokenness.  Despite the vows, somewhere the marriage changed?  You visit the Doctor hoping for something definitive only to be sent […]

The Magnificat: Advent Day 13

Luke 1: 39-56 Today’s reading is known as the Magnificat, or Mary’s Song.  This is a song of praise and a song of hope.  What does hope look like?  What does it look like for Mary? As her song concludes: “He has shown strength with his arm;     he has scattered the proud in the thoughts […]

If You Need a Job Done Right: Advent Day 12

Luke 1: 26-38 You can’t make this stuff up.  Ask yourself, “If I were to write the story?”  God could have entered however God wants.  I would picture nothing less than Zeus with lightning bolts, bulging muscles, the finest castle, and a jewel studded throne.  Having a soon to be teenager, I would enter as […]

Do Not Be Afraid: Advent Day 11

Luke 1: 5-25 “Do not be afraid, for your prayer has been heard.”  May we not only wear this on our t-shirts, our bumpers, our foreheads, but may we internalize this message.  By internalizing, may we be transformed and radiate in a world that so greatly needs to hear, “Do not be afraid.” One of […]

Come to the Light: Advent Day 10

Isaiah 60: 1-5 Today’s text contrasts darkness and light.  This is our first text in what many refer to as “Third Isaiah.”  A central theme woven throughout this section is restoration.  For those displaced, this light is hope of a new dawn. Where are you feeling displaced?  May this Advent provide hope in the waiting.  […]