E-Devotional

September 19 Edevotional

    What are the ways that make for peace? A hunger for beauty, for clarity of purpose, a complete dependence on you, on me, my peace daughter. Drawn by the hands of one just come out of surgery and the one drawn becoming sick. A tired look in her eyes. Where else can we […]

Continue Reading

September 12 Edevotional

A resolute calm, relentless, that is the word. Some will question Why? And the question sent back, Why? Why are you here? This is a beauty, Marked. The cheek a hue of shade. The view, Askance. And, the hair, showing glints of Light, wisdom seen from above. The nose, a hint of marble, throwing back […]

Continue Reading

September 5 Edevotional

Last winter I wrote a series of 13 poems/responses to weekly drawings that Tim made of Temma. I want to share some of these with you for your devotion, your prayer. Temma has in some ways become a centering point for me and for others who spend time with her. You may have those kind […]

Continue Reading

August 29 Edevotional

I’m borrowing this morning from Richard Rohr, for this word about grace. I need more grace in my life, less grief. Maybe you do, too? YHWH, YHWH, a God of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and abounding in faithfulness. For the thousandth generation, YHWH maintains kindness, forgiving all your faults, transgressions, […]

Continue Reading

August 22 Edevotional

67So Jesus asked the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” John 6 This week we come to the end of John […]

Continue Reading

August 15 Edevotional

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.” What am I feeding my soul on? As I write this I’m seeing two squirrels outside the window, searching, eating, and digging holes to store some nut or seed. Jesus identifies himself as the bread of life. The first hearers of his statement are reminded […]

Continue Reading

August 8 Edevotionsl

Sometimes I can’t resist eavesdropping. While I was dining out on vacation, a family was talking about church. Not just generally, this family was comparing Holy Communion in different denominations. They mentioned the Catholic’s belief in transubstantiation (that bread and wine become the actual body and blood of Christ during Holy Communion). They felt that  […]

Continue Reading

August 1 Edevotional

Pastor Sherrie Lowly,  Northbrook UMC In a divisive time marked by theological and political crises, many people may be tempted to lament that Christianity ever “became political.” But that is to misdiagnose the errors too many of us have made. The problem isn’t that the church “became political.” After all, the gospel has always been political. […]

Continue Reading

July 25 Edevotional

This Sunday we begin a worship series around the theme of “Bread.” I am the bread of life; Bread for the World; Everyone who eats this bread will never be hungry. Bread becomes very important in our Scriptures, as an image, a metaphor, a reality, a symbol. I used to make bread. I loved the […]

Continue Reading

July 18 Edevotional

“I look to the church to remember that what the individual believes does not make a Christian, but baptism into a Christ-gathered community shaped by shared practices, among which is the practice of welcoming strangers.” (Brian Volck, “Silent Communion: The Prophetic Witness of the Profoundly Disabled”) I am pondering more on Lydia, the first Christian […]

Continue Reading