Always with Us

By Mary Ellen Goree Isaiah 43:1-3 (Good News translation) Israel, the LORD who created you says, “Do not be afraid—I will save you. I have called you by name—you are mine. When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you. When you pass through fire, you will…

The Reality of Peace

By Scott Blair Isaiah 11:6-9 I can remember a trip to the library one day in first grade. The librarian had planned a lesson about art and interpretation and that morning showed us, “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Quaker Edward Hicks painted about 1843. The librarian asked us questions about the various animals who would normally…

God’s Presence is Peace

By Karen Calhoun Philippians 4:4-7 Twenty-seven people were on the stand-by list at the flight gate when I arrived. I watched them return to the agent, time after time, fretting for the word that they were confirmed. And the departure time posted later and later. The agent’s face was calm, peaceful, encouraging and patient. Her…

Hope in the Lord

By Daniel Zamora Isaiah 40:31 Have you ever felt that you are running out of hope? To some, hope is a futile thought or feeling because, they say, it produces nothing or does not motivate to do anything, it is an inactive state. Others might compare it to daydreaming or building castles in the air,…

Find Hope Once Again

By Lois Gagné Psalm 63:1-8 In this beautiful Psalm, David is a broken father and leader, who’s household and kingdom are in turmoil because of his own indecisiveness and halfhearted efforts to correct his own children. David flees from his angry, bitter, rebellious son Absalom who has stolen the hearts of the people. The pain…