Greetings, This Holy Week, I encourage you to pray this prayer by John van de Laar on the Sacredise website (https://sacredise.com/the-unking/): We call you ‘King’, Jesus, but you’re not like any king we’ve ever heard of; You don’t flaunt your power, waving your hand dismissively to change the lives of your subjects; You don’t hoard your wealth, and tax your people just to grow more comfortable in your isolated palace; You don’t exploit the weak and unconnected, or use the am
Greetings! “Jesus said to [the Samaritan woman], ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’” In this devotional from the Henri Nouwen Society, Jesus’s loving presence in our hearts—even in the wilderness—is described as an eternal spring, welling up and overflowing with God’s love for us. “In
Greetings, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” - Philippians 4:13 Wilderness experiences strip away all that is familiar. We lose our crutches—the things we rely on to give us strength. When Moses and the Israelites were in the wilderness, they became frustrated. So frustrated that Moses struck his staff on a rock, demanding water. God did provide for them—miraculous manna and quail. It was not what they knew, but what they needed in the wilderness.
Greetings! “So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.” - Jeremiah 18:3-4 In this passage about the potter and the clay, we learn that sometimes the vessel the potter wants to make does not turn out the way the potter envisioned. Even when the clay won’t form to be the thing the potter wanted to make, a good pot
Greetings, “Blessed are those who trust in YHWH, whose trust is in God. They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit.” - Jeremiah 17:7-8 In this text from Jeremiah, we learn about a tree that survives through heat and drought. Sometimes in life, we experience times of desolation that feel as li