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Every Good Thing
By Sharolyn Sander, Lincoln, NE
A childhood friend recently responded to birthday wishes with, “Each new day is God’s blessing!” After days of spring rain, brilliant sunshine sparkled through the window. A cashier in the coffee shop responded to, “How are you doing today?” by touching the cross around his neck and saying, “Better than I deserve!” How uplifting to hear and see gifts like these throughout the day! How wonderful to be reminded again and...
The [Biblical] Uncertainty Principle
By Karis Thompson, Strategist for Community Development, Redeemer Center for Life & Redeemer Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, MN; Wheat Ridge Board of Directors
When Jesus invited His first disciples to start fishing for people, Simon Peter, James and John “pulled their boats up on shore, left everything and followed Him.” (Luke 5:11) Without time for discernment, without any clarity about next steps, they left their livelihoods, communities...
By Rev. Keith Perry, Hospice and Hospital Chaplain
A very belated Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! And with today being Memorial Day, a very special salute and prayer of thankfulness to all of our veterans, living and passed, who have given so much for the freedoms we are all able to enjoy.
I want to reflect on a couple of weeks ago, when some of our family gathered at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. My mother had requested some time ago that my...
By Rev. Jenn Moland-Kovash,
All Saints Lutheran Church, Palatine, Illinois
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
It is safe to say that I would never call myself a morning person. I have not been opposed to mornings; I recognize that they carry their own sort of beauty. But when one, such as myself, makes a habit of reading into the night or better, staying up late with friends,...
By Ted Schroeder
As we move into summer, it might be a good time to reflect on our challenge. Jesus said: “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Just what does that mean for us as we plan our going, doing, recreating?
When we understand the sending...