My Soul Glorifies the Lord

Carol Hagler Luke 1:46-48 As puzzled as a virginal teenaged Mary must have been by the angel’s announcement in Luke 1:30-33, she readily accepts her role as expectant mother of the long-awaited Messiah.  In Luke 1:46-48, she pours out her song of joy, praise, and gratitude to God in the beautiful Magnificat. When given this…

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…

We Rejoice Together

By Lance Mayes Joy seems elusive at times; sometimes non-existent for long stretches of me. Such is the case for Israel. These were dark times. No joy. No hope. No way out of the mess they were in. Captivity was no fun for God’s chosen people. Where are you, God? Many of us today can…