E-Devotional

January 3 Edevotional

“They asked, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We’ve seen his star in the east, and we’ve come to honor him.’”Matthew 2:2 This week we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany, literally meaning to shine upon, to shed light on, to illuminate. We celebrate a star shining on Jesus, illuminating who this child […]

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December 27 Edevotional

The Christmas Season is upon us. And the New Year not far away. Winter cold has descended upon Northbrook. The light is “brutiful” as Christine wrote last week (a unique combination of beautiful and brutal). I’m still contemplating the theme, Making Room, and thinking about making room for trust. I watched a documentary film last […]

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Seeking Light: December 20 E-Devotional

This third week of Advent, the days are shortest and the nights longest. The sparkling Christmas lights and the glittery decorations contrast starkly with both the literal and metaphorical darkness we experience. Writer Glennon Doyle describes such contrasting experiences as “brutiful”- a combination of brutal and beautiful. I find the Old Testament a bit “brutiful.” […]

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December 13 Edevotional

MAKING ROOM, ADVENT TWO “Comfort, comfort my people! says your God. Speak compassionately to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her compulsory service has ended, that her penalty has been paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins! A voice is crying out: “Clear the Lord’s way in the […]

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December 6 Edevotional

  ADVENT REFLECTION ONE (this was written for the 9 a.m. reflection time for December 3. Join us before worship, 9 a.m. for Advent Two) 1The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. […]

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November 29 Edevotional

Advent is almost upon us. A time to pause, breathe, wait, make room for some God-space in our lives. God wants to become en-fleshed in us, put some skin on this Christmas. How can I get ready for that to happen in me once again, or in an even fuller way? The prophet Isaiah is […]

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November 15 Edevotional

  I just finished listening to a wonderful Terry Gross’ interview, of NPR’s Fresh Air, with Fr. Greg Boyle, of LA’s Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries works with gang members and young people transitioning out of prison. It’s a fascinating interview. Fr. Boyle speaks of transforming the pain of these young people, the kind of unspeakable […]

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November 8 Edevotional

Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them [clean] in the blood of the Lamb. 15For this reason they are before the throne of God, and worship day and night within the temple, and the one who is seated […]

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Edevotional November 1

I found this piece on Fr. Richard Rohr’s daily devotional yesterday mind-boggling. But isn’t that what a devotional might be? Getting beyond the mind to the heart. The writing of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin does that for me. As nature continues to flow, I pray that the love at the core of our flow and […]

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Edevotional October 25

We celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this Sunday, the 29th of October. We remember the movement of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of Martin Luther. On All Saints Eve in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” calling for the reform of the church to the Castle Church door in […]

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