Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Psalm 15 One Sunday afternoon last summer, I visited my high school Sunday school teacher who had reached 94 years of age. Mrs. Powell was a powerful mentor in my life and a remarkable leader in my home church. In 1987, she was the first woman to be ordained as...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Thursday, January 26 – Reflections

1 Peter 3:8-12 Parents wish we could go back and do a few things differently. Most of my regrets involve being quick to anger. So often, my reaction to a child’s bad decision is a harsh word. My response to their anger is anger of my own. We often speak...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Wednesday, January 25 – Reflections

Psalm 27:7-14 Experiences in youth choir formed my faith. My music minister, Carol Greer, not only expected musical excellence, she explored with us the meaning of each word we sang. So when my thirty-year-old husband was dying of cancer, it was an old youth...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Tuesday, January 24 – Reflections

Philippians 2:12-18 Our church recently released a podcast in which one of our minis- ters interviews the children of our congregation about scriptureand faith. Not surprisingly, the adults in the congregation love it! We love the simple innocence of their...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Monday, January 23 – Reflections

Ephesians 5:6-14 Humans have a complicated relationship with darkness. Who among us did not fear the dark as a child? The tiniest bump in the night sent me running to my parents’ room for reassurance. (I was convinced a monster caused it.) My teenage years came...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Sunday, January 22 – Reflections

1 Corinthians 1:10-18 I vividly remember a conversation my grandmother and I had during my childhood after a beloved minister left her church and the congregation was experiencing pain. “Ministers come and ministers go, but the Church is the Church,” Grandma...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Saturday, January 21 – Reflections

Luke 7:18-23 The vision of our future that we form in our youth can change radically as we live out our years. Few visions stay completely intact. When was the last time you revised the script of your life? The impact of failure, unexpected challenges, the...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Friday, January 20 – Reflections

Galatians 2:1-10 When a retired minister in my home church learned that I was planning to enter seminary, this wise man invited me to his home to talk about his long experience as a pastor. Our wide-ranging conversation gave me fresh insight into the scope of...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Thursday, January 19 – Reflections

Psalm 27:1-6 Of whom shall I be afraid? (v. 1). The psalmist assumes the answer to this will be, “No one! Nothing!” The writer’s strong faith is confi- dent in God’s protection, unwavering despite enduring threats. Yet, throughout the biblical story fear...

Friday, January 27 – Reflections

Wednesday, January 18 – Reflections

Matthew 8:14-17 What does it take to make us see? In our world of visual abundance, images of beauty and horror overload our senses daily. Over- whelmed and overstimulated, we quickly glance at what deserves more steady attention. We brush shoulders with people...