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For Heaven’s Sake!
By Rev. Ted Moeller, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Vancouver, WA
“What in the world are you doing, for heaven’s sake!?” No, I’m not thinking about what my Dad yelled when he discovered a friend and me in the garage with a fire extinguisher, a milk crate, a can of old paint, a catcher’s mitt, some acorns, and our neighbor’s cat – I’m thinking about a question I should be asking myself every single day. How much does my life reflect what I pray:...
Be Near Me Lord Jesus…
By Mark Schoepp, Director of Congregation Engagement, Wheat Ridge Ministries
Celebrating the coming of Jesus as a baby, and looking forward to His coming again, is always in season! I’m thinking more deeply about a seasonal favorite song, “Away in a Manger.” It was one of my sister Kathy’s favorite songs. Kathy died on November 30, the first Sunday of the church year – what a New Year’s celebration she is having! She joins our father, who...
By Rev. Tom Zehnder, Oveido, FL
Some things just don’t make sseen, I mean, sense.
A long-time friend…on his bike…riding home from the gym…following the rules of the road…hit smack-on by a truck…the east-bound driver blinded by the morning sun…my friend killed…
The infant…untimely born…the little one’s bones are all wrong going this way and that…mother and father devastated as the child breathes a last breath…
The ABC’s of Advent
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
Sometimes it’s the simple things that sustain and enrich your daily walk with God. “Jesus loves me, this I know!” Count your blessings. Trust and obey. Wait for His timing. During these days of Advent – when you are waiting for the cookies to bake, or waiting to see the doctor, or waiting in traffic, or waiting in a line of shoppers, let the ABC’s redirect you to meditate on the manger and our heavenly home.
Our Story Begins…
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
Poet Nikky Finney opens her now often-cited, well-circulated National Book Awards acceptance speech with the Slave Codes of SC, 1739, which mandated a severe fine and imprisonment for anyone found teaching a slave to read or write and death for distributing “incendiary literature.” She writes, We...