John 18:33-37 – Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday â€“ for Sunday, November 22, 2015
â€œPilate went back into the palace. He summoned Jesus and asked, â€˜Are you the king of the Jews?â€™â€ (John 18:33)
Fall has decided to stay. Though I write these opening words before dawn, when summer and winter are colored the same, I know a few feet beyond my window are exhausted leaves. Autumnâ€™s arrival represents their departure. The deciduous leaves dazzle with reds, oranges, yellows, as if the trees were spark and flame. But in a few days or weeks Iâ€™ll be raking them into piles, less impressed with their last-gasp gaudiness.
Cold mornings now.
Not Wisconsin cold, where I once lived and shivered for winters that stretched to six months. In California, in its Central Valley, the cold is rarely arctic. But there were Novembers (and Aprils!) in Americaâ€™s Dairyland when the winds chilling my street had started near the frozen top of our spinning planet. Cold in the Midwest meant watching breath crystallize. Here I shiver and shrug. But still I tightly bundle for my morning exercise. I complain. Whether walking or pedaling, Iâ€™ll stay reasonably warm. Continue reading →