Category Archives: Devotion

Thanksgiving present

In her “Pass the Thanksgiving” essay,* the late, great Marj Leegard gave sage advice for enjoying the holiday for what it is, not what it used to be, not what it could be. “Memories have a way of bundling together … Continue reading

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Things: A mother’s lesson

When my mother was young, maybe 11 or 12, her family’s farmhouse burned to the ground. Mom, along with her mom, dad, and baby sister, Sally, got out with their lives and a basket of clean clothes. It was the … Continue reading

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A future with hope

Kagemulo’s smile in this picture is misleading. She smiled upon seeing the video just taken during a visit to her home outside of Bukoba, Tanzania. Kagemulo had never before seen a picture of herself. Indeed, Kagemulo said, “I cry all … Continue reading

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Come, Lord Jesus

Come, Lord Jesus: Devotions, Prayer Journal and Prayerful Coloring for Advent and Christmas is a booklet I created for and with Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS).  It includes seven devotions linked to the Sunday before Advent, the four Sundays of Advent, … Continue reading

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Life-Changing Grace

Since 1985, every year on October 9, I remember a terrible-wonderful time of healing and abundant grace upon grace. The first time I told the story was in the December 1986 issue of Family Computing magazine. On October 9, 2010, “Life-changing … Continue reading

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Let Go and Let God

Graphic: Kathryn Brewer /The Lutheran As a piece of popular theology, “Let go and let God” is trite and profound, hurtful and helpful. It is hurtful when served with a side of “get over it already” or “you just have … Continue reading

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A transformational act

On the last day of the NGO Forum on Women (Beijing, China, 1995), I witnessed a transformational act. It had been an empowering, world expanding 10 days. I listened to women wanting to be both faithful and feminist, demanding full … Continue reading

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God is a he (lowercase)

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” —John 3:16 NRSV Why Not Capitalize the Godly He?* 1.       Because pronouns for God are … Continue reading

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Service dish-washing

Recently, Paul and I took the opportunity to be kitchen crew for two nights at Camp Matz, Watertown, Wis., a ministry of Bethesda Lutheran Communities. It was a week without the usual cadre of kitchen volunteers, so a call went … Continue reading

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burdens and joys

Laurel, Rod, Sam, Olivia, dear friends and family, May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen. I’ve organized my thoughts for today’s message around the stanzas of “The Servant Song,*” the … Continue reading

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