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Baptism of Jesus

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January 13, 2019

And the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” – Lk 3:22 The Holy Spirit says to Jesus “… with You I am well pleased.” Does the Holy Spirit say the same to us?… Read More ›

Epiphany

Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance. – Isaiah 60:3 Do we who seek God seek Him in the hearts of His followers? Do we recognize the light of Christ in others? When we seek His light, do we find Him? And when we find His light, do we reflect… Read More ›

Recognizing the Messiah

“Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”  – Lk 2:29-32 Simeon recognized the Messiah in a little baby. He looked… Read More ›

The Inn of God’s Heart

While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Lk 2:6-7) Jesus was born in anonymity. Jesus came uninvited into a… Read More ›

Visitation

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” – Lk 1:45 Mary is told by the angel Gabriel that her cousin, Elizabeth, in her old age, is also blessed to be with child.  Unlike the fearful Zechariah, Mary believed what the angel had told her. And… Read More ›

Do Not Be Afraid

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. – Lk 1:30-31 Do not be afraid.  I love those words. The hymn “Be Not Afraid” is one of my… Read More ›

Silence

Silence, all people, in the presence of the LORD, who stirs forth from his holy dwelling. – Zec 2:17 I love silence. I crave silence. Especially these days.  I am on sick leave from work and I spend a lot of time praying. And reflecting on my life.  Now I have time. And I am… Read More ›

Jesus Heals Us

Then astonishment seized them all and they glorified God, and, struck with awe, they said, “We have seen incredible things today.” (Lk 5:26) Are we open every day to seeing incredible things? Do we notice what happens around us throughout our days? Do we see with wonder, like children? Do we pay attention? The men… Read More ›

Heal Me, Lord

Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” – Mt 9:29 What faith these two blind men had. They knew Jesus would heal them, they believed, and they were healed. I am not sure I have that kind of faith. I believe Jesus can heal, but… Read More ›

First Wednesday of Advent

“The Lord God will wipe away the tears from all faces” – Isaiah 25:8 Advent has just begun and I am suffering. Suffering from an illness that seemed to come out of nowhere. It has really knocked me down and out. The love and care of my husband has kept me from despair. The cards and prayers… Read More ›

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