An exploration of the wide, expansive nature of God through the study of scripture.
"This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" Romans 8:15
Daily reading: Luke 3:1-22
Friday, January 13, 2017
is just as it was written in the scroll of the words of Isaiah the prophet,
A voice crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare
the way for the Lord; make his paths straight. 5 Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be leveled. The
crooked will be made straight and the rough places made smooth. 6 All humanity will see God’s salvation.” Luke 3:4-6
John uses words from Isaiah 40 to re-imagine a passage
that was first spoken to exiles returning home, exiles that also entered into
the waters of the Jordan. A grace-filled
community culminates in the filling of valleys and the smashing down of the
mountains so the crooked can be made straight and the rough ways made smooth.
When Dan and I were on a short term mission in
Nicaragua, once we left the city of Managua, we learned quickly that you cannot
get from one town to another, let alone around town, without going over hills
and around sharp curves. The narrow
unpaved roads would become an obstacle course when they became wet. We went during the “dry season”, yet it
rained almost every day. Mud was
everywhere and I can’t image the patience and balance it took the villagers to
get clean water and food daily. And yet,
while I struggled to move and be in a place so out of my comfort zone, I
encountered grace and love and happiness in this small village.
Prayer: God, help me to fill the world with grace in
big and small ways. Help me to seek you
Friday June 30, 2017 Psalm
23 TheLordis my shepherd. I lack nothing. 2 He lets me rest in grassy
meadows; he leads me to restful waters; 3 he keeps mealive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name. 4 Even when I walk through the
darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff— they protect me. 5 You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over! 6 Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will livein theLord’s house as long as I live.
Pray a prayer of gratitude today and allow
the psalm to be your guide. Take time to
think about your day, what are you grateful for? Write down all of these moments as way to capture
your gratitude. Offer up prayers of
gratitude throughout your day.
Job 42:1-6 Sunday August 7,
2016 Focus passage: My ears had heard about you, but now my eyes have
seen you. Therefore, I relent and find
comfort on dust and ashes. Job 42:5-6 While on vacation,
I had the pleasure of finally meeting one of my neighbors. My kids and husband had met him probably
about a year ago, but I was always away from the house when they had their
conversations over the fence that our yards share. He asked what I
do for a living and our conversation blossomed.
What was intended to be a quick question at our front door ended up with
a conversation around our dinner table.
He really wanted to hear what I thought about the life of the church in
this era of what seems like a mass exodus from faith communities. I won’t go into the details of our
conversation, but will highlight a common theme. Laced throughout the conversation was the
theme of why faith and faithfulness is important and how we live our faith is
vital not only for ourselves but for our c…
Daily reading: Luke 3:1-22 Sunday, January 8, 2017 Focus passage: John went throughout the region of the
Jordan River, calling for people to be baptized to show that they were changing
their hearts and lives and wanted God to forgive their sins. Luke 3:3 Grace is such a rich word; it doesn’t happen in
isolation, it happens in community. The gospel writer, Luke, likes to ground his testimony
in history, a place and time, when someone can see the movement of God, a moment
of grace. Whenever I read the third chapter of Luke, I always
think of the beginning of a Star Wars movie.
(Not Rogue One, which doesn’t offer you the scroll to place you in a
particular time and place, but you know what I mean, you see the yellow letters
in a black outer space scene scrolling; saying: “long, long ago in a galaxy
far, far away” and then you read a bunch of details.) Luke begins by listing names of political and religious
leaders so that we can pinpoint a specific time in history. He is setting the stage…