Monthly Archives: December 2017

In God’s Eyes

In God’s Eyes by Joni   “You are the God who sees me.” Genesis 16:13 When I was a teenager, rushing out of the house to meet my friends, I would invariably be stopped at the door by my father who’d say, “Joni, I want… Continue reading




“In the Bleak Midwinter,”

“In the Bleak Midwinter,” ELW 294 In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago. Heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain;… Continue reading




Luke 2:22-40

Luke 2:22-40   Anna is the second prophet who sees the infant Jesus when he is brought to the temple. We hear of Anna’s devotion to God–not as some recent addition to her life, but from a faith persisting over many years, even through the… Continue reading




Luke 2:22-40

Luke 2:22-40   Simeon had an experience that perhaps many of us long for in our life–to see or know the future. God revealed to him the fulfillment of God’s promise before his death. Simeon understood what God was doing, even what would befall Jesus… Continue reading




Having More Than the Angels

Having More Than the Angels by Joni   “Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Ephesians 1:3 An odd thing happened after I passed the twenty-five-year mark… Continue reading




Galatians 4:4-7

Galatians 4:4-7   “When the fullness of time had come,” Paul writes. As you read through the Christmas story again, do you notice who really realizes what is happening? No one. No one realizes that God is doing something in the world until the angels… Continue reading




Psalm 148

Psalm 148   Today’s psalm gives us an amazing view of the wonders that God has done. In fact as we read this psalm, we hear the creation story. The repeated call to praise reminds us that God is the one who should be praised… Continue reading




God’s Prerogative

God’s Prerogative by Joni “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:1-2 While my husband and I were… Continue reading




Luke 2:1-7, 8-20

Luke 2:1-7, 8-20   Another Christmas Day has arrived! The preparations are over, many of the gifts have been opened, perhaps a turkey is in the oven. Perhaps there are children who went to bed too late and got up too early dashing around your… Continue reading




What Child Is This?

What Child Is This? by Joni “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.” Luke 1:31 If you ask the man on the street what he thinks of the babe of Christmas, you’ll… Continue reading