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By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12
The days are marching along in this first month of a brand new year! In another week we will turn the page on a new month … and before we blink again, another new year will be upon us. But, who’s counting?
Numbering days is not just about how many days we have lived or the number we have left. It’s about their quality. It’s...
Happy New …
By Ted Schroeder
My seven-year-old granddaughter got to stay up late. It was New Year’s Eve, after all. Promptly at midnight, the lighted ball started to fall toward Times Square as the thousands celebrated. She watched for a while, with a child’s wondering eye. And then, as children often do, went to the heart of the matter: “Grandpa,” she asked. “What are they so happy about?”
What indeed? How could I explain it to her? These seemingly gleeful...
Go Tell It – Everywhere!
By Catherine Werner, Manager of Donor Relations, Wheat Ridge Ministries
Have you ever had an epiphany? A moment when truth becomes real in your life?
When the Church observes Epiphany, we generally celebrate the revelation of the Christ child to the Magi, but I found myself this week fixated on the shepherds. When the angels appeared to the shepherds and told them about the birth of Jesus, the shepherds ran to Bethlehem to see the baby. After seeing...
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
I really appreciate how Jesus is portrayed by different cultures. There’s something refreshing to see Him depicted as an Asian, or an African, or a Polynesian islander. To me, that is exactly how He should be seen incarnationally—the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us (whoever that “us” happens to be). We in the West tend to picture Him with wavy brown hair and white (albeit well-tanned) skin....
More Than Enough …
By Rev. Bruce Strade, Former Executive Director, Northwest Parish Nurse Ministries, Portland, Oregon; Wheat Ridge Ministries Board of Directors
Christmas worship is behind us. The gifts have been opened and the decorations are begging to be put away for another year. We endured the parties, the shopping and the endless invitations to buy the perfect gift that is guaranteed to bring joy and happiness to the recipient. It’s a frenzied time of year, with more...