Escapist Realities

Escapist Realities View in browser September 17, 2022 Escapist Realities Chris Mereschuk O that I had in the desert a traveler’s lodging place, that I might leave my people and go away from them! – Jeremiah 9:2a (NRSVUE) I consider a stroll on the bike path to be an accomplishment, so I’m in awe of … Read more

What about Him?

What about Him? View in browser September 16, 2022 What about Him? Mary Luti They came to the Gerasene region, and immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him. He lived among the tombs, and no one could restrain him anymore, for he broke the shackles in pieces. Night and day among the tombs … Read more

When You Grow Old

When You Grow Old View in browser September 15, 2022 When You Grow Old Molly Baskette Jesus said, “When you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you … Read more

Children of All Ages

Children of All Ages View in browser September 14, 2022 Children of All Ages Vicki Kemper Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way. … Read more

Love and Wonder

Love and Wonder View in browser September 13, 2022 Love and Wonder Rachel Hackenberg Understand, O dullest of people; fools, when will you be wise? The one who planted the ear also hears. The one who formed the eye also sees. The one who teaches knowledge to humankind also chastises. That same one knows our … Read more

Self-Awareness Matters

Daily Devotional for Small Group Discussion: Self-Awareness Matters View in browser September 12, 2022 Self-Awareness Matters Marilyn Pagán-Banks When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. (Psalm 94:19, NIV) When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. (Psalm 94:19, NRSVUE) When I was upset and beside myself, … Read more

Grow, Baby! Grow!

Grow, Baby! Grow! View in browser September 11, 2022 Grow, Baby! Grow! Phiwa Langeni Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. – 1 Corinthians 3:7 (NRSV) Real talk: Paul could have written this directly to parents. This feels especially true for those of … Read more

Pecked to Death by Ducks

Pecked to Death by Ducks View in browser September 10, 2022 Pecked to Death by Ducks Vince Amlin “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Parent feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by … Read more

For the Sake of Appearances

For the Sake of Appearances View in browser September 9, 2022 For the Sake of Appearances Donna Schaper “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’” – Matthew 6:31 (NRSV) Appearance is important, especially if you don’t worry it to death. You can think … Read more

More Solid than a Rock

More Solid than a Rock View in browser September 8, 2022 More Solid than a Rock Kenneth Samuel “For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you. – Isaiah … Read more