Category Archives: Devotion

Hand Washing: A Maundy Thursday Devotion

It was 2 p.m. on a hot, dry day in Malawi.* Already, the three of us representing ELCA World Hunger had visited a savings and credit cooperative, seen life-saving wells, and witnessed a goat project, piggery, and community seed bank. … Continue reading

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Fat Stoppers Evangelism

I’m tickled that Jan Rizzo picked up “Fat Stoppers Evangelism” as a Seeds for the Parish post on Living Lutheran. Find it at http://bit.ly/10GashT. Fat Stoppers first appeared in the April 1993 issue of Lutheran Woman Today, now Gather magazine. Oh, my, it’s the 20th … Continue reading

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Hope-full

The prophet Jeremiah sent the exiles in Babylon a letter from God. It said Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live … Continue reading

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Jesus and the ______ Person

Based on the Gospel lesson for October 14, 2012 Mark 10:17–27 as a Gospel dialog Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved… (“Amazing Grace,” st. 2) The Gospel, we’re told, afflicts the comfortable and comforts … Continue reading

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Loaves + Fish = God’s math

In the story of Jesus feeding the multitude as told in the Gospel of John (6:1-14), Jesus asks Philip a test question: “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” Philip, looks over the crowd, calculates supply and … Continue reading

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Restored for New Life

A devotion for July 1, 2012, based on Mark 5:21–43. O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,   and you have healed me. (Psalm 30:2) There was a woman who bled for 12 years. She had spent all … Continue reading

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Believing Thomas

An Easter devotion based on John 20:1-29 On that first Easter day, we are told in the Gospel of John, Peter and another disciple visited the empty tomb and returned home, “for they did not yet understand” (John 20:9). Mary … Continue reading

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Tempted

Fat Tuesday is the New Year’s Eve of Lent. Many faithful believers are having one last hurrah before “giving up” (chocolate, Facebook) or “adding on” (mid-week worship, devotional walking) during the 40-day journey with Jesus to the cross. Some of … Continue reading

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It is good, Lord, to be here

This Sunday, congregations around the world will celebrate the Transfiguration of Our Lord—the mountaintop high for Jesus and three of his disciples. Let’s read the Gospel lesson from Mark, the 9th chapter. I love Peter. I love that even when … Continue reading

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Living Hope

“Living Hope: Funeral Hymns and Scripture,” a Women of the ELCA program I wrote and compiled, is now online and ready to download. In addition to group activities, individuals will find inspiration in the personal reflections (see pp. 6, 18-23) and … Continue reading

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