Tag: Advent

Yearly devotions for the Advent season

Advent #3: Hope In The Hurt

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (NRSV) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in… Continue Reading “Advent #3: Hope In The Hurt”

Advent #2: Hope In The Hurt

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1 Isaiah 64:1-9 (NRSV) O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,    so that the mountains would quake at your presence—as when fire kindles brushwood    and the fire causes water to boil—to make your name known to your adversaries,    so that the… Continue Reading “Advent #2: Hope In The Hurt”

Advent #1: Hope In The Hurt

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 29 Mark 13:24-37 (NRSV) “But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man… Continue Reading “Advent #1: Hope In The Hurt”

An Advent for Hurting Hearts

INTRODUCTION As I have been thinking, praying, and writing Advent reflections, I am mindful that this season will be an especially poignant time of watching and waiting. My longing for God has deepened during this unusual and challenging year; I have desperately prayed for… Continue Reading “An Advent for Hurting Hearts”

Presences of Peace- Sunday, December 29th

YOU AND I- AND THE ANGELS OF ASCENSION Meditation for the New Year As the year comes to a close, we have one more angel story to revisit. This story is one for us to carry with us into the new year ahead. Resurrected… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Sunday, December 29th”

Presences of Peace- Saturday, December 28th

YOU AND I: PRESENCES OF PEACE This week, we have reread stories of angels and looked for the peace we can find in each example. The angels brought tidings of peace. Jesus is our eternal Peace. Now, how do we become Presences of Peace… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Saturday, December 28th”

Presences of Peace- Friday, December 27th

ANGEL OF THE RESURRECTION The Angel of the Resurrection feels a bit out of season, doesn’t it? But here we have the essential and best Good News of Christmas. This Jesus, born to us as a baby, would one day overcome death in his… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Friday, December 27th”

Presences of Peace- Thursday, December 26th

ANGEL OF WARNING All too quickly, the party is over. We are back to the reality of the world, with all of its fear, jealousy, hatred, deceit, greed, and lust for power. And so we encounter the angel of warning, the one who comes… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Thursday, December 26th”

Christmas Day- Wednesday, December 25th

LIGHT AND LIFE TO ALL HE BRINGS* Light the Prophecy, Bethlehem, Shepherd and Angel Candles. John 1:1-5, 14-18 (NRSV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came… Continue Reading “Christmas Day- Wednesday, December 25th”

Presences of Peace- Tuesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve

THE ANNOUNCING ANGELS This wonderful, blessed, awesome night of nights is upon us! Christmas Eve- the night we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Christ, our God-with-us! We revisit Luke 2, in which the angels proclaim their birth announcement to the shepherds, telling them… Continue Reading “Presences of Peace- Tuesday, December 24th, Christmas Eve”