Faithful Love

Isaiah 54:9-10 Just before I sat down to read today's scriptures, I made the mistake of reading the news. I scrolled past the political pieces and landed on an article about a Good Samaritan being murdered because someone felt slighted by her good deeds. Three American soldiers died in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan. There's... Continue Reading →

Affirmations

Psalm 31:9-16 Oh, how I've read this passage throughout the years! Prone to depression, I've struggled with the darkness that can sometimes overshadow my soul. With two suicide attempts by the time I was 23, I've struggled to find meaning in the messiness of life when things are going poorly. Somewhere along the line, though,... Continue Reading →

They Didn’t Grasp What He Was Saying

Luke 18:31-34 I often resonate with the disciples in their most obtuse moments, because I'm usually in that place myself. In today's reading, Jesus didn't mince his words. He laid out the reality of what he was facing in the very near future: humiliation, trials, betrayal, torture, beatings, crucifixion... he was blunt. But the disciples... Continue Reading →

Trust

Psalm 20 We were watching television and one of the characters performed a "trust fall" but wasn't caught. Confused, I asked my parents why that crazy woman just fell backwards like that. In her explanation, Mom and Dad demonstrated a "trust fall", but when it was my turn to fall backwards, I had a hard... Continue Reading →

Holy of Holies

Hebrews 10:19-25 Mrs. Cline, my elementary school Sunday School teacher, once told us a story about how priests would enter the Holy of Holies deep in the center of the Temple. Only one could enter, she told us, and he must be perfect and purified. There was a specific ritual which must be carried out... Continue Reading →

Tattletales

John 11:45-57 As a little girl in Sunday School, this particular story always rubbed me the wrong way because the gospel writer went out of the way to state that some of those who watched the miracle of Lazarus being raised from the dead ran to the Pharisees and tattled. Children learn early that tattling... Continue Reading →

Not Some Stranger

Isaiah 43:8-15 "I announced, I saved, I proclaimed, not some stranger among you."Isaiah 43:12a It's a story as old as time: Humanity finds itself in a jam and starts looking for someone who can lead the way out. When Moses went up the mountain to commune with God, the people turned to Aaron who, in... Continue Reading →

Changed For The Better

Psalm 126 What a sigh of relief! Here we are, a little more than half way through Lent and I've fallen behind on my daily discipline (writing a devotion based on my studies). Me being me, I start beating myself up over these sorts of failures. And then it just becomes so much more difficult... Continue Reading →

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