Home Altar

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A devotional guide written by Covenanters, the Covenant Home Altar invites us to take time in our day for God’s word, quiet meditation, and prayer. Especially significant in these uncertain days of isolation and anxiety, the Home Altar invites us to be in community with our brothers and sisters in the larger family of faith, as they share their stories and insights in these daily reflections.

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Faithful Thomas

Thomas gets a bad rap. We don’t know much about him, but it feels simplistic and unfair to label him “doubting.” I struggle with this moniker for him because I can’t imagine responding any differently than he did. …

The Path to Peace

Why is Jesus always portrayed in movies as a calm, stoic teacher who never has any fun? This post-resurrection scene paints a different picture. Here, Jesus suddenly appears among his disciples who are cowering in a locked room. Why? Probably to see the looks on their faces. (I’m pretty sure he still knew how to knock on a door.) …

Allegiance to Christ

There is a pesky theme in the New Testament that just won’t go away. It
seems that a discontentment with this world is necessary to live the life
of a disciple. We are reminded often of the perishability of stuff and the
inevitability of suffering. …

A Living Hope

Perhaps you spent Holy Week remembering and enacting aspects of Jesus’s last days before his crucifixion. Maybe you participated in the Last Supper through communion or left a Good Friday service in darkness and silence. We spend much of Holy Week looking back. …

Learning Curve

The Boy Scout Cooking Merit Badge requires a scout to cook several different meals and get reviews from their diners. They have to cook something other than hot dogs. Our scout’s cooking adventure began with a great deal of enthusiasm, bumps, lucky breaks, and some unfortunate accidents. …

Kingdom Vision

Most days the evening news is tough to watch: another school shooting, another public figure in shame, another foreign threat, politicians pointing fingers and demanding that their way become law regardless of consequences. …

Off the Bench

Not being “chosen” can bring anxiety to any of us. My son came home from school disappointed that he had been cut (with all the other freshmen) from the Science Bowl team. Too many had signed up so the upper classmen got preference. …

Joy

Picture little kids playing in a sprinkler, hydrant, or fountain. Add a puppy to the scene if you’d like. Think about what they look like, how they run and splash and squeal with joy. A favorite word: joy. …

Found

I love surprises. Giving or getting them, it’s all good. I’m pretty good at hiding anything for a surprise later on—sometimes too good. Last Easter I lost something I had hidden. This past Christmas, I found it. …

Sunrise Message: Easter Sunday

Have you ever seen a really great sunrise? It begins with a gradual lightening of the darkness. Then the sunlight pierces the sky, shooting beams of brightness into the day. Within minutes it sets the sky ablaze in colors—red, orange, pink, purple, blue, and yellow—all dancing together to push out the night and herald the day. …