Present in the Now

Present in the Now July 8 Read: MATTHEW 11:25-30 Psychologists say that at age three, a child’s response to life is 90 percent spontaneous. However, by age thirty, 90 percent of our response to life is rote. Repetition. Learned behavior. [...]

Due Season

Due Season Saturday, June 27 Read: PSALM 69:13-18 While acknowledging his folly (v. 5), David attributes suffering at the hands of his enemies to his devotion to God. David is being falsely accused and marginalized by his own family. He [...]

We’re Set Free

We’re Set Free Thursday, June 25 Read: ROMANS 6:1b-11 Death is unpleasant. Even when people die “peacefully,” the journey to that point can be very difficult. The perceived lack of suffering of those who die does not negate the sorrow [...]

First Love

First Love Wednesday, June 24 Read: MATTHEW 10:34-39 How do we reconcile this passage with Jesus as the Prince of Peace? At first glance, these declarations seem to be in tension with what we know about Jesus. He is without [...]

A Missionary’s Call

A Missionary’s Call Friday, June 19  |  Juneteenth Read: ISAIAH 6:1-8 The scene Isaiah describes in today’s reading leaves me breathless. God. The throne. Seraphs with six wings each calling out, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts” so [...]

Laughing with Sarah

Laughing with Sarah Thursday, June 18 Read: GENESIS 18:1-15; 21:5-6 Imagine poor Sarah. Her husband is playing host to three strangers. She overhears a visitor say she will give birth, and she laughs. Her “laugh” is probably one of sarcasm, [...]