2019 Advent Devotional: Fri, 12/13

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 Sometimes it seems like there is no end to pain and cruelty in our world. So many people slip through the cracks. So many lives are disrupted by violence, natural disasters, illness, or other calamities. So many powerful people do not use their power to help the disadvantaged and heal the world. […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Thurs, 12/12

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 It is hard for most of us to imagine the despairing conditions described in this passage from Isaiah. Even so, injustice continues today. Even in our own country, the richest country in the world where the rule of law establishes the foundation of our democracy, there are many who are powerless victims […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Wed, 12/11

Isaiah 10:1-4 Isaiah 10 talks about laws or decisions that are not good for the general public and wonders what the long-term consequences would be from those laws or decisions. This thought process implies that the person or body taking these actions cares about, or is even aware that, the consequences of their actions will […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Tues, 12/10

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 Over 60 years ago one of our church’s adult education classes came up with the idea of Attention NOT Detention when they were having a session with the chief probation officer and Judge Robert Holmes. A most unusual thing happened: the idea did not just drop but blossomed into action. Foster homes […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Mon, 12/9

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 Isaiah 10:1-4 speaks against the proud oppressor who creates wicked and unjust decrees. Isaiah asks the corrupt, with power and wealth who are passing these laws, how they can turn aside the needs of so many. These needs of the poor, the widows, the orphans, not unlike those of color and culture […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Sun, 12/8

Scripture: Isaiah 10:1-4 There is a piece of me that rejoices at this vision where justice is doled out to the unjust, where those who hurt, and harm are given their cosmic due. But the moment those feelings arise, I am haunted by the questions: how do I support iniquitous decrees and oppressive statutes? When […]

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2019 Advent Devotional:
Introduction to Week 2

Welcome to the second week of the 2019 Advent Devotional! The scripture around which our devotional writers centered their reflections this week is Isaiah 10:1-4: 1 Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees, who write oppressive statutes, 2 to turn aside the needy from justice and to rob the poor of my people of their right, […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Sat, 12/7

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4 There have been many changes in our lives over the past sixty-plus years, some more terrifying than others. In 2020 we will be moving to Frasier Meadows’ new apartment complex. This will be a major uprooting after living in the same house for 50 years. Oh, the hidden corners. We are finding […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Fri, 12/6

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4 The Lord’s House In these verses Isaiah tells of a vision of the Lord’s house with all nations streaming to it and with all nations beating their swords into plowshares and not learning war any more. Was Isaiah thinking of a structure or possibly something else more permanent than a worldly structure? […]

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2019 Advent Devotional: Thurs, 12/5

Scripture: Isaiah 2:2-4 The higher I go up a mountain, the closer to God I feel. Sitting at a lake above 11,000 feet in Colorado I am in awe, of the grandeur, of a sense of presence that surrounds me, of the clarity of mind that is available there. Pure being seems to be all […]

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