Joy

This third week of Advent, Christians around the world light the candle of Joy. "And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And …

Hope

This week begins the season of Advent on the church calendar. My favorite thing about Advent is all the light. I love Christmas lights and candles and reflecting on the idea that Jesus is the light of the world. One of Jesus' main messages was that He, the light of the world, had come to …

Pleased

At Bible Study this morning, several of us were discussing the tension in parenting of how we deeply want our children to know they are loved unconditionally and no matter what we are pleased with them, but we also don't want them to take that grace for granted. We love them so much that we …

Broken Cisterns

"...for my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves,  broken cisterns that can hold no water."  (Jeremiah 2:13 ESV) At church, we are going through the book of Jeremiah. Much of this book, the book of the "weeping prophet", has always been very …

Lent

This Wednesday kicks off the Easter season. With Ash Wednesday, the season of Lent begins. Lent is one of the oldest observations on the Christian calendar. And, contrary to popular belief, the purpose of Lent is not to lose weight or deprive yourself of your favorite food or drink to somehow be healthy for 6 …

A Covenant Prayer

This morning, my Bible Study leader handed us this prayer written by John Wesley in 1780, and wow did I need to hear these words today. I don't have much to write about it, but I did want to share the prayer with you. After the night and day I've had, God knew what I …

A New Creation

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Oh, the new year! I can't believe it's 2016! I can remember 2000 like it was yesterday. (Y2K, anyone?) I love the freshness of the new year. I enjoy everything new- the …