November 4, 2018

Reading Mark 12:38-44, Psalm 146 (NRSV) In election season, it is tempting to latch onto one or more favorite candidates. He or she will solve all our problems! We can trust this one so much more than the opposition! Or maybe we think this one deserves our vote because the media or digital marketplace gives … Continue reading November 4, 2018

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October 28, 2018

Reading Psalm 126: 1-6; Mark 10: 46-52 (NRSV) Sadness feels like a heavy weight. Each step may be burdened with grief or despair. Tears may blind us. Laughter and joy seem no more than a distant dream. And yet today's readings remind us that God can restore joy and help us to see again. Misfortune … Continue reading October 28, 2018

Advent 2016: December 8

This devotion was written for my church's daily Advent devotional book. Reading Psalm 30: 5b, 11-12 (NRSV) The media bombards us with bad news: bickering politicians, natural disasters, fighting, refugees far from home, grieving loved ones. I recently got overwhelmed with despair for this broken world. But then I went to choir practice, where we … Continue reading Advent 2016: December 8