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Day Sixteen


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


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


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


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

Day Twelve


Philippians 1:3-11

“So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your … Read More

Day Eleven


Mark 1:1-8

“The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ . . .” Mark 1:1

It is always a bit of a challenge to read from the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of John as Advent … Read More

Day Ten


2 Peter 3:8-15

“The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, 
but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish . . .” 2 Peter 3:9

Remember the old joke about the impatient … Read More

Day Nine


Psalm 85:8-13

“Faithful love and truth have met; righteousness and peace have kissed. Truth springs up from the ground; righteousness gazes down from heaven. Yes, the Lord gives what is good, and our land yields its produce. Righteousness walks … Read More

Day Eight


Isaiah 40:1-11

“Like a shepherd, God will tend the flock; he will gather lambs
 in his arms and lift them on his lap.” Isaiah 40:11a

As a young child, one of my fondest memories during the cold Christmas season … Read More