Wonderful Gift

Gina Garrison Luke 2:11‐14 What a spectacle those shepherds witnessed the night Jesus was born! Picture them out on the hills, minding the flock, perhaps chatting among themselves. Suddenly the entire sky was filled with light! The light of heaven, the glory of God, blazed down on them. Maybe they stood in astonishment, looking at…

The Bread of God

By Brad Dutton John 6:33 I have a problem. Actually several problems if you ask my close friends and family. The particular problem I’m thinking about now began 15 years ago. It was about the time we started the new millennium that I became a bread snob. Store bought breads just didn’t seem to meet…

Good Shepherd

By Benjamin Tyler Isaiah 43:1‐3 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall…

And, Until Then?

By Bettie Reddick Isaiah 11:6‐9 The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw…

Inward Preparation

By Karen Calhoun Philippians 4:4‐7 Advent is a season of inward preparation. Advent is the work of the soul. Paul gives us the instructions in Philippians 4:4-7. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but…

Peace and Wholeness

By Ellen Di Giosia Isaiah 9:6‐7 Whenever I read this passage, I immediately start singing: “FOR unto US a child is BO-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-O- o-o-o-o-[this part goes on and on]-o-o-o-ORN!” I love Handel’s Messiah, but every singer knows that this can get really old – so old that the text itself seems to lose its luster. (This…

Hints of Advent

By Edgar Twedt Psalm 62:1‐2, 5‐7 1. For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. 2. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken. 5. For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him. 6. He alone is…

Because of Suffering

By Patty Villareal Romans 8:18‐25 “I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us.” (v. 18) Suffering comes in many forms, relative to the person who is suffering. It may be a physical pain as simple as stubbing your toe on the side of…

Christmas in China

By Cyndi Levesque Isaiah 40:31 Christmas in China was a special experience. Marc and I lived in Nanning, China, for four years, and would always remain there at Christmas because the Chinese New Year holiday wasn’t until late January to early February. We would smile as we walked through shopping malls hearing Christmas carols in…