Weekly Devotions

December 30, 2013

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...
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December 23, 2013

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...

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December 16, 2013

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...

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December 9, 2013

Plans Have Been Made
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain

Do you like to make plans? In our household, we have always been excited about making plans, whether it’s a special vacation, family get-together or other upcoming events. I’m sure you have likely made similar plans.

The only thing, though, is that sometimes those plans don’t exactly work out the way we had hoped. Unplanned events come along and get in the way and spoil our plans, and we find...

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December 2, 2013

Giving Thanks and Sharing Hope
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, Nebraska

Two of my favorite seasons of the year, Thanksgiving and Advent, are largely overlooked in our increasingly secular society. Christmas decorations and preparations appear immediately after – and often in conjunction with – Halloween costumes, ghosts, goblins and candy. In the midst of all the excitement, there seems to be little time or interest for the One who gives far more than Halloween treats or Christmas...

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