Weekly Devotions

September 21, 2015

Security
By Bishop Wayne Miller, Metropolitan Chicago Synod, ELCA, Wheat Ridge Ministries Board Member

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear… but strive first for the kingdom of God and [God’s] righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well…” (Matthew 6:25, 33)

It is virtually impossible to go anywhere these days without finding people...

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September 14, 2015

Letters
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Baileys Harbor, WI

“Like Cold Water to a Thirsty Soul, So Is Good News from a Far Country.” Proverbs 25:25

As the brittle packing tape yielded to the cutting tool, the cardboard storage box, 14 years shut, opened, revealing its musty contents: hundreds upon hundreds of letters, the earliest dated back to 1948.

9/29/59…”My blood pressure was normal – 158 over 85 but Dad’s was still 180. He has not...

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September 7, 2015

Lists
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash,
All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois

“Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is...

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August 31, 2015

Just Keep Trying
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain

In my hospice chaplaincy ministry, from time to time, I hear some degree of lamenting from patients or family members about what they have done wrong in the past – and whether or not those things might keep them out of heaven.

These thoughts certainly open the door for a discussion of God’s forgiveness and grace, which is a reminder they need. One thing I usually say to them is, “It sounds like you...

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August 24, 2015

Praying with Our Ears

By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life, Minneapolis, MN; Community Engagement Liaison, Plains Art Museum and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND; Member, Wheat Ridge Board of Directors

This July, at our Wheat Ridge board meeting, we engaged in listening prayer four times during our three days together. At every board meeting, we reserve time within our agenda to listen to a story from the Bible, to reflect in...

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