December 20, 2019 | 2 Samuel 7: 18-22

David’s Prayer of Thanksgiving is a classic Old Testament passage in that it is daunting in scope yet intensely relatable. David, a mighty king who wants neither wealth nor power, is reduced to the confused humility we all possess when basking in the glory of God. Despite benefiting firsthand from God’s love, David has difficulty Read more about December 20, 2019 | 2 Samuel 7: 18-22[…]

December 15, 2019 | Luke 1:46b-55

Today’s scripture is Luke 1:46b-55, referred to as Mary’s Song of Praise, or in Latin, the Magnificat, taken from Mary’s refrain, “My soul magnifies the Lord.” To accompany this reading, I have included an excerpt from “Mary’s Song: A Poem” by Lisa Sharon Harper (Find the full poem here: Lisa Sharon Harper, the author Read more about December 15, 2019 | Luke 1:46b-55[…]

December 8, 2019 | Romans 15:4-13

The words from this Scripture passage that compel me the most are 15:5-7 (please reread these).  Paul expresses his wish for God to grant the Romans the ability to approach one another with the mindset with which Jesus approached his contemporaries. That mindset is one of gentleness, compassion, understanding, and, as Paul emphasizes, acceptance. Acceptance Read more about December 8, 2019 | Romans 15:4-13[…]

December 6, 2019 | Acts 13: 16-25

Paul’s speech in Acts 13 reminds us that God is faithful to God’s promises. Paul begins by offering a reminder of God’s work throughout Israel’s history: liberating them from Egypt, leading them through the wilderness, delivering them their promised land, and so on. The list culminates in the greatest act of God’s faithful provision: the Read more about December 6, 2019 | Acts 13: 16-25[…]