Advent Week 1, Day 4

Our characters this week are Abraham and Sarah. Let’s look at what they knew about God. Later Yahweh spoke his word to Abram in a vision. He said, “Abram, don’t be afraid. I am your shield. Your reward will be very great.” Abram asked, “Adonay Yahweh, what will you give me? (Genesis 15:1-2) Adonay (sometimes spelled Adonai) … Continue reading Advent Week 1, Day 4

Advent Week 1, Day 3

Read the scriptures, looking for a treasure verse or phrase you can ponder all day. (You can read today's scriptures here.) Psalm 25:1-9 Jeremiah 33:14-16 I Thessalonians 3:12-4:2 Luke 21:25-28, 34-36 Notes Psalm 25:1-5: Verse 4 asks the Lord to teach us his paths. Following his path includes not only following his will in making big … Continue reading Advent Week 1, Day 3

Faithfulness Week 2, Day 4

Joseph. Carpenter. Worker of wood. Wood is predictable. People - not so much. I thought I knew her. We were engaged. Troth plighted and all that. Now I find she’s… Pregnant. Not mine. Having visions. Never did that before. Angels. Spouting poetry. “My soul doth magnify…” Don’t remember that before either. No one else knows. … Continue reading Faithfulness Week 2, Day 4

Faithfulness, Week 2, Day 3

Today we are reading about a woman with a huge role in the story of God’s plan of salvation. Read Luke 1:26-38. (This week's scriptures are right here.) How did Mary react to this very startling experience? In all the artistic portrayals I’ve seen of this event, Mary looks peaceful and calm—completely surrendered to God. … Continue reading Faithfulness, Week 2, Day 3

Faithfulness, Week 2, Day 1

Advent begins next week! During Advent—this dark time of the year—we remember that Jesus is the Light. One way I do this is to light the candles on my Advent wreath. A quick google search for DIY Advent wreaths will show you that the word “wreath” is only a suggestion. Advent candles can be lined … Continue reading Faithfulness, Week 2, Day 1