The Gift of God with Us


“Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you” (Luke 1:28 NRSV). The angel Gabriel appears to Mary with a greeting and refers to her as a favored one, a blessed person. We are not told of anything in Mary’s past that would signify such a greeting, so we must ascertain that this ‘favored’ bestowal from … Continue reading The Gift of God with Us

A Practice of Being Thankful


"With my mouth I will give thanks abundantly to the Lord; and in the midst of many I will praise Him" (Psalm 109:30 NRSV). This is a busy week. I am on Thanksgiving break from work, but there does not seem to be a lot of time to actually relax. Somehow I thought it would … Continue reading A Practice of Being Thankful

Taking a Risk in Saying Yes: Mary’s Faith


In Luke’s Gospel, we have the account of the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary to inform her that she has found favor in God’s sight. In Mary’s conversation with Gabriel we are informed that God has chosen her to give birth to God’s own Son, who will be named Jesus. This conversation ends with Mary’s … Continue reading Taking a Risk in Saying Yes: Mary’s Faith

God’s Strength even Helps a Caretaker Walk on the High Places


I’ve been tired before, but nothing compares to the almost constant state of exhaustion that is my life now. It has been just over a year since my husband, Bob, became disabled due to illness. This past year he has been in the hospital and nursing home for a total of five months. He is … Continue reading God’s Strength even Helps a Caretaker Walk on the High Places

God is for Us


Psalm 56 begins with the psalmist crying out for God to be gracious to him. We soon find out that the psalmist is surrounded by those who oppress and have “trampled upon” him continually. In fact if we look through the psalm many verbs are used to describe how others are treating the psalmist: they … Continue reading God is for Us

Really Seeing Abigail: Brains before Beauty


Women are more than their outward appearance, yet are women admired more for their beauty or for their brains? How many compliments do you hear in regards to a woman’s intelligence? How often do you hear someone comment—positively or negatively—about a woman’s appearance? We live in a world in which, despite their qualifications, women are … Continue reading Really Seeing Abigail: Brains before Beauty

When the Happiest Days Become the Hardest


  Today is my brother’s birthday. Nick would have been 44 today. This is the third birthday without Nicky, and I really miss our yearly birthday calls. This is one of those days that I find myself teary-eyed and sad. In all honesty, I will probably have to occasionally stop and wipe my eyes so … Continue reading When the Happiest Days Become the Hardest