Devotion-May 21, 2014

Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. John 21:3 (NRSV) We all have found ourselves desperately wanting to turn back the clock in order to retreat to a peaceful, contented, happy, time and…

Devotion-May 14, 2014

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 (NRSV) Beginning . . . Ending. We all have both. Between these bookmarks of life, there is an in-between space. This span of life and time between birth and death is sometimes called the…

Devotion-May 7, 2014

When it was evening on that day . . . and the doors of the house where the Disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.”  John 20:19 (NRSV) It has been almost three weeks since we celebrated the Resurrection of…

Devotion-April 30, 2014

I find it necessary to write and appeal to you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith. Jude 1:3, 20 (NRSV) Unspeakable violence, tragedy caused by tornadoes and human error, pain and sadness remind us that life…

Devotion-April 9, 2014

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21 (NRSV) Heroes. We all have them, as children and as adults. We aspire to be like them. Our heroes include people who succeed against long odds, overcome…

Devotion-April 2, 2014

“Do you want to be made well?” John 5:6 b (NRSV) Jesus put this question to a man who had suffered from paralysis for a long time. The answer might seem like a “no brainer” to us. “Yes! Absolutely! Heal me now!” is the response we would expect. Yet, it was not as easy for…

Devotion-March 26, 2014

A Samaritan woman came to draw water and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, would ask me, a Samaritan, for a drink.” Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to…

Devotion-March 19, 2014

And it was in Antioch that the disciples were called “Christians.” Acts 11:26 (NRSV) We live in a world of charming, fascinating, unusual, intriguing, and strange names. We each have a name, as do the communities where we live, the places where we go, and the information domains we create. There is something about a…

Devotion-March 12, 2014

He [Jesus] took the blind man by the hand . . . and when He had put saliva on his eyes and laid His hands on him, he asked, “Can you see anything?” And the man looked up and said, “I can see people, but they look like trees walking.” Then Jesus laid his hands…

Devotion-March 5, 2014

He [Jesus] said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money–not even an extra tunic.” Luke 9:3 (NRSV) I hear Jesus’ instruction to the Twelve Disciples not to take any provisions with them when they are sent on a journey to extend Jesus’ ministry of healing. Really? Who…