Today’s Word: LOVE Today’s Time of Stillness: 17 minutes “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 This Third Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Love. Love divine, all loves excelling, joy of heaven to earth come down. Continue reading Love
Creating space to wait on God in Advent is a lot like looking up at the night sky. You have to get away from the blinding distractions and neon glare of modern life. You need to be still for a while, and give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness. Continue reading Look Up!
In this special coffee shop staffed by 40 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 9:30 is a time when we are invited to experience the joy that seems to come so naturally to Trevor and to Matt and to Elizabeth.
A joy without masks, or pretense, or worry. Continue reading A Contagious Joy
The ‘Mary’ in me decided that Jesus cares a whole lot more about my mental stability than whether the little deer on the mantle are grouped in the aesthetically correct numbers. Or if I ever do actually finish those thank you notes.
Nope. He cares more about your spirit and heart and how you use them to grow and to love on others — his people — maybe even people we don’t understand or agree with, or even like. Continue reading More Like Mary… and Joseph
Today’s Word: PEACE Today’s Time of Stillness: 10 minutes “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 This Second Sunday in Advent we light the candle of Peace. Sleep in heavenly peace. The Spiritual Practice of Stillness Stillness … Continue reading Peace
God doesn’t require any great acts of piety from us, or profound words, or clever stocking stuffers. God simply invites us to be. To be still. To be still and know that he is God. Because when we get that part right, that God is God and we are not, that is when we can truly rest. Continue reading Learning to be Still
Jesus probably doesn’t care about the dust bunnies under your sofa, but he does want to help the windows of your spirit to shine. Continue reading Holiday Cleaning
Sharing connects one life to another and multiplies joy. Continue reading Love in a Candy Cane
Mary allowed wonder to fill her spirit and open up possibilities for her life that she could not create on her own. Continue reading Embrace Wonder
Darkness calls out to our deepest fears with a taunting narrative that we are helpless or hopeless or alone. Fear says this darkness is our story. Faith lights a candle and says, “I beg to differ.” Continue reading Lighting Up the World
If we truly want to understand why Jesus came, why he gave up everything to be present with us in human form, we have to look outside of ourselves, particularly through the eyes of those who, on the surface, can give nothing in return. Continue reading Looking Outside of Ourselves
Today’s Word: HOPE Today’s Time of Stillness: 3 minutes “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13 (NASB) This First Sunday in Advent we light the candle of hope. Rejoice, rejoice, Immanuel shall come to thee O Israel. Continue reading Hope