Pick Me

“Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.” (Ephesians 1:4) With our finite minds, it really doesn’t make much sense at all. To imagine that before one blade of grass appeared in the Garden, or one ray of sunlight sliced through […]

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Favored

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 1:3) In the spring of 1989  I accepted a challenge and made my way to Chicago, Illinois, to attend a writer’s conference. I traveled alone, knew no one attending […]

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As Sons

“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:4–6) The phone call made me feel as if cartwheels were still possible! We knew our friends […]

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Yours

Your joy for my strength Your Word for my hope Your forgiveness for my freedom Your plans for my good Your paths for my future Your thoughts for my mind Your strength for my weakness Your peace for my problems Your love for my lifetime You for my everything.   Elizabeth A Mitchell Photo Credit: […]

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Stellar

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house the saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshipped him.”  (Matthew 2:10–11) The wise men should make us weep. They come to light in the gospel narrative with their knees bowed, faces to the […]

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Extension

“And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, . . . so that you became an example to all the believers.” (1 Thessalonians 1:6–7) Suppose they could actually speak to us, the characters described throughout the pages of Scripture whom we barely consider as we swiftly scan their stories. What would they say, what lines […]

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Strong Voice

“Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.” (Psalm 119:165) Sleepy eyed at first, I come to be with you early in the day before the hours rear back their heads and gallop away. Before other noises crash into my world, I sit with pen in hand and coffee cup […]

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Front and Center

“And they were all amazed and said to one another, ‘What is this word?’” (Luke 4:36) In the weeks leading up to the birthday of the King who holds dominion above all, we may pay him homage by re-reading portions of his biography chronicled by St. Luke. His story is compelling and his actions worthy […]

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Heard That Before

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.’” (Luke 1:38) Christmas approaches with its delightful merriment, and we extend our arms like eager children waiting to receive the wondrous advent of “peace on earth.” The beauty and brilliance of the Christmas season is […]

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Presence

“He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4) The gray sky sagged over the ocean as if burdened by its bundles of low, soggy clouds. Our grandchildren didn’t notice that the sun had slipped away for an afternoon nap […]

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