Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Genesis 22:4-8 When I take a vacation, I like to go to places I’ve visited before. Why? I already know the travel route, places I like to stop for meals, where I’ll stay, and favorite haunts at the vacation site. In this area, I’m not into new adventures. I...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Monday, September 20 – Reflections

Genesis 22:1-3 Do I listen carefully for God’s voice in good times? Listening comes naturally to me in challenging times. When I face vocational decisions, illness, family quandaries, or congregational quarrels, I actively listen for a word from God. When I...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Sunday, September 19 – Reflections

Genesis 21:1-3 The story of God’s faithfulness to Abraham and Sarah ranks among the most remarkable in Scripture. It’s the start of a much longer story that I’m drawn into through Jesus, who will descend from Isaac, the first promised child. Reflecting on the...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Saturday, September 18 – Reflections

John 1:1-5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (v. 5). Light is our primary tool for perceiving the world and communicating with it. So what happens when light is absent? The ocean covers more than seventy percent of the...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Friday, September 17 – Reflections

Genesis 2:1-4a Scientists say that rest and productivity are partners that work together to create the whole output product of life. I’ve heard this partnership described as being different parts of a wave: you can’t have the high without the low. The better...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Thursday, September 16 – Reflections

Genesis 1:26-31 I think my grandfather and God had a lot in common. Yes, my grandfather was a blessed child of God, created in God’s image, as we all are. But I see such strong similarities to God in my grandfather’s intentional way of giving a gift. My...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Wednesday, September 15 – Reflections

Genesis 1:20-25 What does a snake with iridescent scales, a 16-foot-long beaked whale, a mushroom that grows next to Heathrow airport, and a tiny spider named after Joaquin Phoenix have in common? They were all new scientific discoveries in 2020! According to...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Tuesday, September 14 – Reflections

Genesis 1:14-19 My sister and I once traveled to Peru and hiked the Inca Trail. On our way to Machu Picchu, we picked our way across a mountain ridge at night without a flashlight. That wasn’t the plan. We had started under a sunny sky, but I overestimated the...

Monday, September 13

Monday, September 13

Genesis 1:6-13 Anytime I catch a whiff of peppermint I am instantly six years old, sitting next to my Poppa on a hard church pew wearing frilly white socks, trying to figure out why a church hour always seems to last longer than a regular hour. He always kept a...

Tuesday, September 21 – Reflections

Sunday, September 12 – Reflections

Genesis 1:1-5 The process of beginning can be complicated. I often find it much easier to continue than to begin. To continue simply means taking another step. You know that you have already taken previous ones; you just have to take one more. Continuing means...