Monthly Archives: December 2014

Ephesians 1:3-14

Ephesians 1:3-14 When I as a pastor officiate at a baptism and make the mark of the cross on the forehead of a newly baptized child of God, adult or baby, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. In that moment, when the words are spoken, “you… Continue reading

Psalm 147:12-20

Psalm 147:12-20 The psalmist speaks of statutes and ordinances. Ordinances are authoritative orders or decrees. The Ten Commandments are often what we think of when someone mentions God’s laws or ordinances. And that is appropriate. But God speaks more than ten “words” to us. When… Continue reading

Jeremiah 31:7-14

Jeremiah 31:7-14 I wrote this devotion while typing on my laptop; you are very likely reading it on your computer, smart phone or tablet. Are you like me, always looking at the latest new gadget and wanting to try it out? I fool myself by… Continue reading

From Heaven Above

From Heaven Above Yesterday’s devotion noted how the Christmas season has inspired poets and musicians from the earliest days to lead the Christian community in contemplation of the wonder of the birth of Christ-child. Martin Luther is well-known as one who recognized that good hymns… Continue reading

Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Of the Father’s Love Begotten Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds began to be, he is Alpha and Omega, he the source, the ending he, of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore. Oh,… Continue reading

Luke 2:22-40

Luke 2:22-40 It is the day after Christmas, and perhaps, like me, you still have the words and the music of a familiar or newly discovered carol circling around in your head and your heart. After the shepherds, the angels singing and the babe in… Continue reading

Isaiah 52:7-10

Isaiah 52:7-10 What’s the best news you ever received? A wedding announcement? A dream job? The birth of a baby? According to Isaiah, there’s no news quite like the announcement of peace. Our striving is over, tensions have ended, conflict has ceased. “How beautiful …… Continue reading

Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:1-20 One of the delightful surprises of Luke’s nativity is the shepherds. Inspired by a choir of angels, they hurry off to Bethlehem. They find Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manager. Upon seeing the family, they bear witness to what… Continue reading

Zephaniah 3:14-20

Zephaniah 3:14-20 Are you preparing for some sort of homecoming this Christmas? If so, your plans are likely filled with a sense of joy and anticipation. The thought of going home can stir deep feelings inside. The same is true for the Israel of old.… Continue reading

Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13

Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13 “The Lord is coming.” That’s what the psalmist announces. The arrival is so close we can almost taste it. We are invited to sing and rejoice at the universal reign of God. The nations witness it. All of creation—heaven and earth, field… Continue reading