Weekly Devotions

October 3, 2016

All God’s Children are Special

By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors

We claim to be inclusive. Yet in practice we may not honor those with special abilities (I consider the word “disabilities” a put down) at the same level we do other members. We may welcome them but not necessarily include them as equals.

Consider for a moment the thought-provoking perspective...

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September 26, 2016

The Good Samaritan, Jerry, and Wheat Ridge
Rev. Tom Zehnder

Jerry is coming! Things will be better now. Here’s why:

I have a nice little roof shaped like an inverted “V” over the front door. While doing routine painting maintenance I discovered that the tongue and groove lumber of which the “V” is made is infected with ROT! Surely it would soon fall! Such repair is beyond my seminary education.

Jerry is the local handyman. He came out this morning and looked...

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September 19, 2016

Bridges
By Rev. Anne Christiansen, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors, Chicago, IL

As I was driving the other day, for some reason I began to notice how many bridges I was crossing. Many were hardly noticeable as they spanned lower pieces of land or tiny creeks, but they were bridges none the less. These bridges made travel so much easier and connected me to areas that otherwise would be out of easy reach. Bridges, especially the short ones we hardly notice, are certainly...

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September 12, 2016

Changing Seasons
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice Chaplain

Well, we’re now into September and the first day of fall is not far away. Some of us are looking forward to fall – and the cooler weather after a rather warm summer. I know others will greatly miss summer as it often affords us more free time and vacations with family.

The four weather seasons are often compared to our life cycles. We work our way through the stages of life, from birth until death, never knowing how...

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September 5, 2016

Embrace the Butterflies!
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA

Butterflies. That nervous, uncomfortable feeling in your stomach that tells you you’re about to do something risky. Right before you’re about to speak up or perform or ask someone out or jump off the high dive. There is nothing delicate or pretty about these kinds of butterflies. It’s an unsettling, agonizing sensation that deserves the plural; and most of the time most of us live our...

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