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Wednesday, December 18th

Wednesday, December 18th

By: Brittany Fiscus-van RossumPsalm 146:5-10 Reflection—v. 7 ‘who gives food to the hungry’ I have always considered myself to be a terrible cook, and they don’t teach you soup-making in seminary. Now, writing a thoughtful sermon, speaking in public, or burying my...

Tuesday, December 17th

Tuesday, December 17th

By: Brittany Fiscus-van RossumIsaiah 35:1-10 Reflection—v. 8 ‘a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way’ It was in seminary that I first learned about that fabled intentional community, the Open Door. The first time I walked past it, it looked as...

Monday, December 16th

Monday, December 16th

By: Brittany Fiscus-van RossumMatthew 11:2-11 Reflection—v. 6 ‘blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me’ I find it equal parts satisfying and disconcerting that Jesus’ message continues to shock and offend our delicate sensibilities. In this conversation with...

Sunday, December 15th

Sunday, December 15th

By: Brittany Fiscus-van RossumMatthew 11:2-11 Reflection—v. 7 ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at?’ Jesus is talking about John the Baptist, that rough-around-the-edges, tells-it-like-it-is, dirty, baptizing, eat-what-you-find, back-roads prophet, as...

Saturday, December 14th

Saturday, December 14th

By: David SwankPsalm 72:1-19 Reflection—v.12 ‘For he will deliver the needy who cry out’ Hello everyone! I would like to start by considering how sometimes it seems like life as it is on earth is more like ‘Hell on earth’ than as God must have intended it to be. I can...

Friday, December 13th

Friday, December 13th

By: Bill SmithRomans 15:2-13 Reflection—v.6 ‘with one mind and one voice’ My Daddy was one of those people who hated a braggart. He hated when people would say ‘I’m doing this-and-so better than someone else.’ I could name my accomplishments, say for example, ‘I did...

Thursday, December 12th

Thursday, December 12th

By: Sid Imes-BurkettIsaiah 11:1-10 Reflection—v.9 ‘they will neither harm nor destroy’ Isaiah 11:1-10 is a beautiful passage—beautiful enough to bring one to despair in the year of our Lord 2019, when the gulf between our world and that of the prophet’s vision seems...

Wednesday, December 11th

Wednesday, December 11th

By: Holly ReimerPsalm 72:1-7, 18-19 Reflection—v. 2 ‘judge your people with righteousness and your poor ones with justice’ The psalmist is asking God to empower the king to rule with the same kind of justice that we find God ruling with. When I first read it I totally...

Tuesday, December 10th

Tuesday, December 10th

By: Holly ReimerIsaiah 11:1-10 Reflection—v. 4 ‘judge the needy with righteousness and decide with equity’ I’ve been witness to a number of conversations where individuals ask if ‘black lives matter’ means that all lives don’t matter, or that by caring for the poor...

Monday, December 9th

Monday, December 9th

By: Holly ReimerRomans 15:4-13 Reflection—v. 17 ‘welcome each other, in the same way that Christ also welcomed you.’ I vividly remember the little ditty we practiced when I was in Sunday school as a young child, ‘Here is the church, here is the steeple, open the...

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