Advent Devotional

Tuesday, December 25: Christmas Day

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth Scripture: 1 John 4:19 “We love because he first loved us.” This scripture brings back memories of catechism from my youth. This is one of those verses I can actually remember hearing, “We love because he first loved us.” Yet, even upon hearing it as a young […]

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Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth Scripture: Matthew 22:36-40 “‘Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?’ He said to him, ‘“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second […]

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Sunday, December 23

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth Scripture: Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.” God created the heavens and the earth, and God said, “It was good.” God gave us stewardship to care […]

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Advent: Introduction to Week 4 Devotions

Experiencing God as Love: Care of the Earth When I can enter that space where I really notice the world around me—those moments where the beauty of creation just leaps out at me—God’s love seems to come into a particular kind of clarity. I am able to notice the perfection of the earth. I notice […]

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Saturday, December 22

Experiencing God as Joy: Consumerism Scripture: Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation.” What if you could wake up in the morning and the only things there were to be aware of […]

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Friday, December 21

Experiencing God as Joy: Consumerism Scripture: Luke 2:10-11 “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.’” It is easy to […]

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Thursday, December 20

Experiencing God as Joy: Consumerism Scripture: John 15:11 “I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.” I graduated from South Dakota State University in 1978 with a degree in commercial economics. Tying a biblical passage to an economic term like consumerism […]

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Wednesday, December 19

Experiencing God as Joy: Consumerism Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” In November 2014, The Huffington Post […]

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Tuesday, December 18

Experiencing God as Joy: Consumerism Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23 “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” When my husband and I were younger, with two small children and a big mortgage, he was laid off from work. I […]

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Monday, December 17

Experiencing God as Joy: Consumerism Scripture: Luke 3:10-11 “And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’” The above passage from Luke is John the Baptist’s response to the people […]

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