All Things New

“The one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’” -Revelation 21:5 Read Revelation 21:1-6 Have you ever read a billboard convinced it said one thing only to find you’d misread two crucial words that completely altered […]

Celebrating God’s Seasons

“For everything there is a season. He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” -Ecclesiastes 3:1, 11 Read Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 I thought that I was fairly easy-going […]

The Other Advent Herald

“Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.’” -Mark 1:14-15 Read Mark 1:14-20 When we think of “Advent heralds,” the first image that may come to mind […]

My Beloved Son

“You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.” -Mark 1:11 Read Mark 1:9-11 I am Jewish. Not long after I met Jesus I made friends with the rabbi of a nearby synagogue. One day he said, “I don’t understand why you believe in Jesus. Jesus can’t be the Messiah. Messiah will […]

John the Baptizer

“And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.” -Mark 1:5 Read Mark 1:4-8 After three intense months of boot camp I graduated as a Marine. Beaten in body and mind day and night, […]

Night and Day

“Anna, a widow for eighty-four years, never left the temple, but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day.” -Luke 2:37 Read Luke 2:36-38 As a young woman serving with Youth With A Mission in Hollywood, I was introduced to Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God. In his collected writings, this […]

Simeon: Let Your Servant Go in Peace

“This man was righteous and devout, and the Holy Spirit rested upon him. The Holy Spirit revealed to him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.” -Luke 2:25-26 Read Luke 2:25-35 I have seen many years; I take heart. I found Hope the moment I saw this child—the poor […]

Shepherds

“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’” -Luke 2:8-10 Read Luke 2:1-20 Jesus’s birth was announced to the shepherds in the fields as “good news that will cause great joy for all people.” Good news. Great joy. All […]

Second Fiddle

“When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took Mary as his wife.” -Matthew 1:24 Read: Matthew 1:18-25 Afriend of mine created for himself a striking email address: secondfiddle@_____.com. He actually played violin, but his chosen address had a deeper meaning. During the time he was my […]