Devotion for December 24th

READ Luke 2:1-20 FROM THE ARTIST Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity This year, I come to this story with deep reverence for the complexity and beauty of childbirth. At the time of creating this art, I am about 6 weeks away from giving birth to my first child—who will be born in...

Devotion for December 23rd

READ Luke 2:1-20 COMMENTARY Dr. Christine J. Hong Different cultures have different birthday rituals. In Korean culture we practice the tradition of eating Miyeok-guk on your birthday. Miyeok- guk is a nutritious and delicious seaweed soup made with beef or seafood...

Devotion for December 22nd

EVERY YEAR My heart and I have an agreement. Every year we show up here— here in the sanctuary, here with the candles and the tall ceilings, here with the creaky church pews and the songs of silent nights. My heart and I have an agreement. Every year we show up...

Devotion for December 21st

READ Luke 1:46-55 FROM THE ARTIST Hannah Garrity Passed down from generation to generation, my grandmother’s painting palette still had watercolors on it when I opened it the other day. She placed them there so long ago. I think that the last painting classes she took...

Devotion for December 20th

READ Luke 1:39-45; 56-58 FROM THE ARTIST Carmelle Beaugelin Mary and Elizabeth have found in each other a sisterhood amid their precarious and unusual circumstances. An older Elizabeth (perhaps losing hope of ever nursing a child at the loss of her monthly cycle)...

Devotion for December 19th

READ Luke 1:39-58 COMMENTARY Dr. Christine J. Hong My parents are Korean immigrants. My mother used to say that back in the days of their immigration, whoever met you at the airport decided your destiny. In other words, whoever greets you at the threshold as you...