Many traditions had very practical beginnings but are no longer relevant or useful
David was afraid of King Saul, who was trying to kill him, since he had been chosen by God to be king in place of Saul. In fear David fled to the Philistines, the enemies of Israel
Symbols (or signs) can be very powerful, conjuring up all kinds of both positive and negative emotions.
Everything that we experience in life is ultimately measured and judged in comparison to what we expected beforehand.
Quite a number of years ago, in the humor section of TheLutheran Witness, I read where a pastor suggested that the best way to get rid of those telemarketers who always seem to be calling at dinnertime is to start telling the caller about Jesus.
It's been said that our society (and every society, for that matter) is made up of two distinct classes of people--two classes of people who, under normal circumstances, have nothing to do with each other, hold each other in contempt, and in many ways are enemies.
Today we have another opportunity to celebrate one of the minor festivals of the church year. This time it's the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist.