Reread Paul’s personal dilemma in his letter to the Romans. Does any of his inner conflict feel familiar to you? I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is......
Read Luke 1:46-56 Reflect: God’s justice is different than our justice. It’s about making the world right! Where do you see God’s justice being birthed this Christmas? in your life? in the lives of others? Reflect & Practice: “Jesus became light for our darkest decisions, peace for our self-centered wars, and love for our life-draining animosity towards others.” How is this becoming true in your life this Christmas? Practice: Uses images and poems from this week’s bulletin and the Advent Guide this week in your devotional time to draw near to......
This week we share with you one of the paintings and artist statements from our Draw Near Advent Series. There are several beautiful depictions of the Advent story that we won’t cover on Sunday mornings. Take time to look at the painting, reflect, and study what you see, read the scripture reference, and then ponder over the artist’s statement below. Equilibrium by Lisle Gwynn Garrity inspired by Luke 3: 7-18 John the Baptist cries out from the wilderness, willed by the vision of a world where the crooked will be made straight......
The psalmist begins the 15th Psalm with the question “O Lord, who may abide in your tent? Who may dwell on your holy hill?” Essentially, “Who can live in God’s sanctuary?” Before reading the responses in v. 2-5, wouldn’t it seem that our lectionary reading from Micah is already a very poignant answer to the question. Question: “Who can live in God’s sanctuary?” Answer: “those who do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God.” A deeper look at v. 2-5 of Psalm 15 seems to be the same answer, just a......