What a Wonderful World

Lisa Shinkins WBC Minister to Children Isaiah 11:6-9 As I read the Scripture assigned for this day, I could not help but think about the song by Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World.” I love how this song brings a message of peace, love and acceptance to all through a “wonderful world.”  I feel too…

Prepare for Christmas

Grayson Hanchey (age 10 years) Philippians 4:4-7 What Philippians 4:4-7 means to me is that you should not worry about anything else than God and you should not be afraid. I also think it wants you to know that you should show respect to God and Jesus and others around you. In preparing for Christmas,…

Waiting in Community

Diana Bridges Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7 As you read these words, I’m about 745 miles northeast of Woodland, at The Dwelling Place, a Franciscan prayer center deep in rural east Mississippi. This is the twenty-fifth year I’ve spent a portion of Advent there, always waiting, always hoping, always in the company of good friends —- and…

Hope Dangerously

Edie Dutton Romans 8:18-25 The New Testament in Modern English paraphrases verse 19 as “the whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the people of God coming into their own.” What an exciting image!  But too often I forget that sometimes the hope these verses describe is produced by persevering through…

A Full Panoramic View

Paul Gagné Isaiah 40:11 Cameras offered on newer smartphones can be overwhelming. Many choices are provided like Night, Professional, Panoramic, Live Focus, etc. Furthermore, each option presents many levels of complexity. 99.9% of the time, I do not use any of these options. My goal is just to snap a quick picture. After all, I…

Plans for Shalom

Lance Mayes Jeremiah 29:11-13 Have you ever thought something will never happen? You can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? You have hope, but it is becoming wishful thinking? We were in the system to adopt for a long time (years) before we adopted Nicholas. Seeing our friends having babies and adopting…

Refuge & Confidence

Lisa Massar Psalm 63:1-8 Today’s scripture, the first eight verses of the 63rd Psalm, beautifully reflect David’s ability to find refuge and confidence in God even when he was in the wilderness of Judah, fleeing from those who sought his life. Last May a group of Woodlanders under Randy Edwards’ direction trekked the circumference of…

God is Our Hope

Daniel Zamora Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” This ancient prophecy was given to Ahaz, king of Judah, while Jerusalem was surrounded by the armies of Aram and Israel, its ally, commanded by their bullying…

Advent Calendars

Ashley Allen Isaiah 40:1-5 “Prepare for God’s arrival. Jerusalem has served her sentence. All sins have been taken care of…Make the road straight and smooth…Then God’s bright glory will shine and everyone will see it. “ (The Message) Advent calendars are always welcomed in our house (especially the ones with chocolate in them). Over the…