To Glorify God | To Grow in Faith | To Give in Service | Together in Christ
Grace Lutheran Church, Hatfield, PA; Pastor Nancy M. Raabe

Recent Reflections

Christmas Present

Christmas Present Like most of us I have always loved Christmas, and especially the music of Christmas. But many years ago, long before I had any inkling that one day I would be called to serve the church, I started wondering about the “dark” side of Christmas carols. Why do certain songs about Christ’s birth contain references to his suffering and death?…

Grief and Loss: Shattering the Myth of “Why”

We’ve all heard the five words at some point in our lives: “Everything happens for a reason.” An unexpected setback. A debilitating accident. A diagnosis you never thought you’d hear. An illness that wreaks havoc on your life. A sudden death. Dreams that die, hopes that are crushed, relationships that end. Then, those five words, words seemingly simple, uttered without thinking, yet…

Recovering the Christian Funeral

Our time with Covid has given birth to some peculiar practices. One concerns funerals. For the past 2½ years, when a loved one died and friends inquired about when services would be held, they were typically told, “Oh, we are just having a celebration of life later on.” Why hurry, the family is thinking? Why not wait weeks or even months to…