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Day Nineteen

Joy

Matthew 11:2-11

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.” Matthew11:10

This single phase is so powerful — first found in the Old Testament book of Malachi 3:1 and 4:5 referring … Read More

Bishop Hagiya’s Call to Action on 2017 Fires

The California-Pacific Conference is currently in touch with on the ground personnel, UMCOR, and local churches to coordinate our collective response.

This is a Call to Action to be the light of hope in the Southern California area this … Read More

Day Eighteen

Joy

John 1:6-8, 19-28

“Among you stands one whom you do not know.” John 1:26b

Do you remember the classic scene in the original movie “Jurassic Park” when the children are in the stopped jeep? It is dark, the rain … Read More

Deaf-Friendly Christmas Eve Service Resources

The following are some recommendations from the United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries (a committee of Global Ministries) for improving accessibility and inclusion for Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and Deafblind people who may join your … Read More

Day Seventeen

Joy

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

“Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation…” I Thessalonians 5:16-18a

Has anyone ever asked you, “What final words do you want to leave with those you love when you are gone?” It is a … Read More

Day Sixteen

Joy

Psalm 126

“Let those who plant with tears, reap the harvest with joyful shouts.” Psalm 126:5

There is an undeniable ebb and flow that is the nature of life. Every year moves us through the seasons of winter, spring, … Read More

Day Fifteen

Joy

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-10

 “. . . my heart is joyful because of my God, . . .” Isaiah 61:10

Joy is a good word. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary defines Joy as “the emotion evoked by wellbeing.” It is interesting … Read More

Day Fourteen

Love

Isaiah 11:6c

“. . . and a little child will lead them.” Isaiah 11:6c

When my eldest son, Jason, was just four years old, I was on the patio going over some materials for a teacher training prior … Read More

Day Thirteen

Love

Psalm 72:1-7

“May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, 
like showers that water the earth.” Psalm 72:6

There is a certain pouring out that is characteristic of God’s love. Psalm 72 is said to … Read More

UMCOR Responds to Need in Puerto Rico

UMCOR On the Ground in Puerto Rico  Hurricane Maria, Day 58

Ted Warnock, missionary on assignment to UMCOR, Sager Brown, shared the following report with Judy and Doug Lewis on November 17,upon returning from Puerto Rico. He was with Bishop … Read More