Advent Reflection: Our Interior Work (1 Thessalonians 5)

“May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 In our constant striving to make the perfect life weContinue reading “Advent Reflection: Our Interior Work (1 Thessalonians 5)”

Advent Reflection: Comfort in the Messy Middle (Isaiah 40)

“Comfort, O comfort my people says your God.” —Isaiah 40:1 I’m drawn to the beautiful opening lines of this passage, but as you read on it begins to feel more like a rollercoaster ride than a warm hug. But perhaps this is just what we need to hear in our December days when we moveContinue reading “Advent Reflection: Comfort in the Messy Middle (Isaiah 40)”

Advent Reflection: Waiting for God (Isaiah 64)

“From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him. . .Now consider, we are all your people.” Isaiah 64:4,9b Advent is the season of waiting and expectation.  We celebrate his first coming and yet we wait forContinue reading “Advent Reflection: Waiting for God (Isaiah 64)”

Fall Reflection: Whole Hearted Love (Matthew 22)

 “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment.” -Matthew 22:37-38 Many of us are familiar with the idea of giving all we’ve got to something. For some it may be our faith, our calling, ourContinue reading “Fall Reflection: Whole Hearted Love (Matthew 22)”

Fall Reflection: God’s Protection (Exodus 33)

“And the LORD continued, “See, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock; and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by; then I will take away my hand, andContinue reading “Fall Reflection: God’s Protection (Exodus 33)”

Fall Reflection: Signs of God (Psalm 65)

“By awesome deeds you answer us with deliverance, O God of our salvation; you are the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas. . . You silence the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples.” -Psalm 65:5&7 The year of 2020 willContinue reading “Fall Reflection: Signs of God (Psalm 65)”

Fall Reflection: Poem based on Psalm 19

“The heavens are telling the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.” -Psalm 19:1 Morning Sky I never tire of the morning sky New artistry each day Clouds play with mountains Sometimes sunshine, rain At times blazing yellow, blinding white Others muted and shadowed A reminder of faithfulness In the steady rhythms UniquenessContinue reading “Fall Reflection: Poem based on Psalm 19”