Greetings! Jesus said to the disciples, “The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to their home…I have said this to you so that in me you may have peace.” - John 16:32a & 33a Jesus said this to his disciples on the eve of the crucifixion. Jesus knew death was upon him. Before the resurrection, his death would be difficult for the disciples: they would feel lost when death took Jesus away. This would scatter them, each to their own homes.
Greetings! “YHWH your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; who will rejoice over you with gladness; whose love will renew you; who will exult over you with loud singing.” - Zephaniah 3:17 During one of my Seminary classes, the professor asked everyone to introduce themselves to the class. We all introduced ourselves by describing what we were doing: we said our names, what degree we were pursuing, and which church we were doing our in-ministry year with. My pro
Greetings, “If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it.”
- 1 Corinthians 12:26 The Apostle Paul wrote those words to the church in Corinth. They were not working together and he was trying to help them see that they were one body in Christ. He wanted them to realize their connection to each other and the all-encompassing love of Christ: by neglecting some in the church, they were hurting the whole church. Pau
Greetings! “Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of God has risen upon you.” - Isaiah 60:1 In the darkness of winter, Jesus shines a light in our hearts. I invite you to pray this prayer by John van de Laar (https://sacredise.com/): It’s always been about the light with you, hasn’t it, Jesus? Magi, braving distance and desert to find you, and bewildered shepherds, compelled by an angel’s invitation, allowed light to be their guide, And it is still the light t