Thirst View in browser March 4, 2024 Thirst   Matt Laney O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. – Psalm 63:1 (NRSV)   I once heard the renowned preacher, Rev. Gardner … Read more

Losing Time

Losing Time View in browser March 3, 2024 Losing Time   Molly Baskette You don’t know the first thing about tomorrow. You’re nothing but a wisp of fog, catching a brief bit of sun before disappearing. – James 4:14 (MSG)   If Congress gets its act together and stops quibbling this year, they might finally … Read more

The Rest is History

The Rest is History View in browser March 2, 2024 The Rest is History   Talitha Arnold So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar . . . Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired out by his journey, was sitting by the well. It was about noon. – John 4:5-6 (NRSV)   Are … Read more

Religion without the Rules

Religion without the Rules View in browser March 1, 2024 Religion without the Rules   Kenneth L. Samuel When Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves . . . They show that the requirements of the law are written on their … Read more

Part of a Balanced Breakfast

Part of a Balanced Breakfast View in browser February 29, 2024 Part of a Balanced Breakfast   John Edgerton The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out … Read more

Provoking Love

Provoking Love View in browser February 28, 2024 Provoking Love   Marilyn Pagán-Banks And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds. – Hebrews 10:24 (NRSV)   Every once in a while, I will run across a Facebook post where someone asks their friends to shift the conversation from what … Read more

Drowning the Hungry Ghost

Drowning the Hungry Ghost View in browser February 27, 2024 Drowning the Hungry Ghost   Chris Mereschuk They gorged on the right but still were hungry, and they devoured on the left but were not satisfied. – Isaiah 9:20a (NRSVUE)   Content warning: This devotional discusses addiction, particularly alcoholism.   Several years ago, I realized … Read more

Searching and Fearless

Searching and Fearless View in browser February 26, 2024 Searching and Fearless   Vince Amlin Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the … Read more


Water View in browser February 25, 2024 Water   Donna Schaper For I will pour water on the thirsty land and streams on the dry ground. – Isaiah 44:3 (NIV)   Annie Proulx in Bog, Fen and Swamp accuses humanity of arrogant self-centeredness. We imagine ourselves above fens, where peat is made, and bogs, where … Read more

The Throne of Grace

The Throne of Grace View in browser February 24, 2024 The Throne of Grace   Mary Luti We do not have a high priest unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Then let us boldly approach the throne of grace to … Read more