Baltimore County

Karen Armstrong

A minister's lament: Where have you been the rest of the year?

Christmas is over for another year, and the folks who worked their tails off to create those beautiful services and masses you attended are exhausted. Don't get me wrong, we yearn for a full church and really want you to be there. It would be nice to have extra chairs. It's wonderful to hear the singing of all those people and feel the energy and spirit. There is also the crying and confusion from small children who have no idea what a church is or why they are there and the occasional grumpy look from someone who has been dragged there against their will.

And there is always the invitation in which the regulars in the congregation express their hope to see you next week. When...