Time for Comfort: Facing Our Limits (Genesis 1:14-15)

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so.”Continue reading “Time for Comfort: Facing Our Limits (Genesis 1:14-15)”

Time for Joy:  Priorities (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

“For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1 While the advent of modern conveniences was to make life easier for us, the lived reality has been that instead of increased free time, we now expect to be able to accomplish more things within the given hours ofContinue reading “Time for Joy:  Priorities (Ecclesiastes 3:1)”

New Year, New Series…

Ever feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day? Wishing for a few extra weeks of vacation? Or that time would just slow down already?  The start of a new year always brings the cultural pressures of resolutions, improved habits and strategies to live your best life now. But, what if instead of striving,Continue reading “New Year, New Series…”

Christmas Blessing (with Festive Beverage Recipes)

May you wake to the possibility of a miracle in your midst. May the twinkle of lights reflect the sparkle of joy in your world on this Christmas morning. May the unfolding of this day bring a sense of peace to your soul. May you unwrap the gift of hope anew.  (…and may there beContinue reading Christmas Blessing (with Festive Beverage Recipes)

Advent Comfort: Making Space (Matthew 1:18-25)

“But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid…” -Matthew 1:20 Decision fatigue. Analysis paralysis. Perfect is the enemy of good. We’ve all been there! If only God would send an angelic messenger myContinue reading Advent Comfort: Making Space (Matthew 1:18-25)

Advent Joy: Gift of Tradition & Fruitcake Recipe (Luke 1:46-56)

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” -Luke 1:46 Songs connect with a deeper part of ourselves. Familiar melodies and lyrics memorized long ago can stir a well of emotion in us with just a few notes. The familiar words of Mary’s song recorded in the gospel of LukeContinue reading Advent Joy: Gift of Tradition & Fruitcake Recipe (Luke 1:46-56)

Advent Comfort: Hope is Alive (Luke 1:39-45)

“And blessed is she who believed that here would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” -Luke 1:45 While many of us are doing the things of this week with much haste, this familiar story of scripture offers new depths, promises and surprises when we make space to reflect.  MaryContinue reading Advent Comfort: Hope is Alive (Luke 1:39-45)

Coming Soon: Advent!

It is Advent: a season of preparation; a time of anticipation. The concepts of seasons and remembering, of ritual and meaning making, are the foundation for Some Comfort and Joy– our free online devotional resource rooted in an Anabaptist-Mennonite reading of scripture.  Following the liturgical year, we have written bi-weekly devotionals that offer a comfortContinue reading “Coming Soon: Advent!”

From Surviving to Thriving: A Blessing

You have probably heard it said (or uttered it yourself):  The days are long but the years are short!  When in a situation where you feel stretched to nearly breaking, you remember:  This too shall pass.  The reality of the challenges (and exhaustion) we face is:  This will not last forever, but it may beContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: A Blessing”

From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Appreciation

“Are you so desperate for attention you need to act like this?!” I sputtered in exasperation at my oldest. After three days of doctor visits and scans my younger child had returned home with a casted arm. In the let down from anxiety and vigilance, exhaustion washed over my body. I had nothing left toContinue reading “From Surviving to Thriving: The Joy of Appreciation”