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From Awestruck to Awesome
By Rev. Bruce Strade,
Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
In my Christmas greeting this past year, I included the phrase “Live the awe!” Although I did not receive any specific feedback from recipients on these three words, my hunch is that they were met with curiosity by some and confusion by others. It definitely is not a phrase we use in our everyday lives.
Annoying Words and Affirming Words … and the Word!
By Dr. Rich Bimler, Past President, Wheat Ridge Ministries
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)
A recent poll reveals that the most annoying word to Americans is the word, “whatever.” In fact, “whatever” has topped the annoying word charts for the last five years! Now that’s downright annoying!
According to the pollsters, we also do not like the...
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
By Margaret Rickers Hinchey, Gainesville, Florida
Christmas cards may still be arriving at your house as you read this devotion in those wonderful 12 Days of Christmas between Christmas Day and Epiphany. As I read and re-read many cards and letters, I am struck with the number of “changes” to which people refer in their Christmas greetings. Here are a few I have noted:Got a promotion We’re pregnant Found a new church Lost my job Moved to...
The Baby Pictured
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, Washington
One afternoon, while sitting with my mother, I came across one of those teenage magazines apparently left behind by another resident’s granddaughter. I got engrossed in a “Match the Stars to Their Baby Pictures” quiz. Forget the fact that I knew only two of the supposedly famous teen idols, I matched every single one! It wasn’t easy, but I found myself able to see the adult(?) in the...
Prince of Peace!
By Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregation Engagement, Wheat Ridge Ministries
One of the things I do as Director of Congregation Engagement for Wheat Ridge Ministries is present workshops on “The Importance of Play for the Brain.” Play for children is about “practice and programming” – the brain is learning how to do things and getting ready (wired/programmed) for the academics and other challenges that come later in life. For adults, play is about “processing...