Devotional for December 7

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,...

Devotional for December 6

God and Advent are two things that you’d think would go together hand in hand, never one without the other, but frankly, that isn’t always the case. We can get so caught up in the whirlwind of things going on that we can forget that this is all in preparation to...

Devotional for December 3

This panel is part of a large stained glass window at Chartres Cathedral. It depicts Jesse in the center flanked by prophets Nahum and Joel. Above them are Ezekiel, David and after (Jesse’s son) Hosea. Jesus sits at the very top of the window. To view the full window,...

Devotional for December 2

2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined. 3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when...

Devotional for December 1

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” is one of my favorite Advent hymns. Each verse is a prayer, a longing, for Christ to come into the world and fulfill the promises God made to his people. The refrain is a bold assurance and reminder to rejoice that Emmanuel, God with us, is...

Devotional for November 30

11 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2 The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 His...

Devotional for November 29

Before I became a parent, the Advent season started the deadline clock. I had x-number of weeks to shop, get Christmas cards out, finish work so that I could enjoy Christmas break, and get to church here and there when possible. Once I became a parent? The Advent...