A Moment of Silence

By Cameron Taylor Romans 12:9-12 “Please remain standing for a moment of silence.” As an elementary school teacher, the above words are spoken after the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of our morning announcements. For me, this is a set time during the school day where I can stop, take a pause from the busy…

Honest Prayers and God’s Path

By Tasha Kane Psalm 17 When we read the Psalms, we see that King David prays to God in sorrow and joy, in fear and in triumph. He prays as if he is talking with his best friend without holding anything back. He reveals his most personal thoughts. In Psalm 17, David is scared and…

Be the Light of Joy

By Bridgette Langford Romans 12:9‐12 What does it mean to have Joy? Christ shares with us that in order for us to truly seek Joyfulness, our love must be genuine, we must hate evil, and should be devoted to loving one another above ourselves. We must have great energy and keep our spiritual passion for…

All About Me

By Lori Tyler Psalm 31:1-4, 15-16 David was a man after God’s own heart. David was called by God. He worshiped Him with all his being. His Psalms praise God as King of Creation, Lord of All, and Light of the World. David knew his place. God was God, and he was not. But I…

Prayerful Plea

By Christie Goodman Psalm 51 One of the seven traditional Psalms for the Lenten season is Psalm 51. It comes with an editor’s note explaining that David wrote it after Nathan had come to confront him about his adultery with Bathsheba. When we go back and look at 2 Samuel, we see that Nathan’s indictment…

Practice the Presence

By Lance Mayes Psalm 84 One of the first things that pops in my mind when I read Psalm 84 is a book I read in college, The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a seventeenth century French monk who served at a monastery in the kitchen. “… we should establish ourselves…

Expectant Prayer

By Barbara Higdon Recently, my Sunday School class committed to pray at a specific time of day for a member who has suffered a long-term, debilitating medical condition with no apparent relief for years. On prayer day, I, too, had a medical problem and called my doctor’s office. I was put on hold and had to wait through minute…