Devotions

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All the Days of My Life

How does the Spirit work like that? With such gentleness and calm, no matter how the whirlwind may rage, to guide us to the space we need to breathe. To be.

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A Nap & A Snack

I’ve been taking naps lately. I used to nap a lot when I was younger, but have since gotten out of the habit – until now. I think some of it has to do with the letdown that has come with the end of the-year-like-no-other. Some of it has to do with my recalibration to a more extroverted, scheduled life. At first, I struggled with allowing these naps. In a way, I didn’t think I deserved them. I thought something like, “I’ve had a year of rest and introversion, which I have loved. Why do I need to nap? What’s

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Motivation

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 NRSV Motivation. It’s a big deal and I don’t think I’m alone in spending time thinking about it. I’ve often struggled with understanding the motivations of others or being able to tap into some sort of internal well of motivation within myself so I can get the thing done that I need to get done. Lately, the more I’ve wrestled with motivation, the more I’ve determined that I do not believe in

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Incarnate Wisdom

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40 NIV Today’s devotion is going to be something more than just a moment to pause and read. I invite you to give yourself twenty to thirty minutes to walk with me through a process of connecting to yourself, the wisdom that resides within you, the wisdom of the Spirit

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Witness in Full

A few weeks ago I was taking an early morning walk. As I walked down the street, I noticed dark, ominous clouds ahead of me. It was windy. I found myself reflecting that it was going to be a gloomy day. It looked like the darkness wouldn’t end. “Just one of those days,” I grumbled to myself. Isn’t it strange how one day can be bright and warm, infused with the scent of spring and possibility, and the next day just, yuck? I found myself sinking into the gloom with every step forward. Now on that same day two of

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Everything I Know for Sure?

We are the star of our own personal movie called Life, but everything we know is not ours alone, for us alone, or discovered all alone. Everything I know is bound up in the people who make up the We, the Us, of my life. I know what I know because of who they are, what they have modeled for me, what we have experienced together. I can reflect alone, but my reflection is always in conversation with the living world and people that fill my days. The things I know for sure are played out in my daily life,

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Receive the Good

Last month I led my Young Disciples Ministry Team through a weekend workshop to give us time to remember who we are, the mission, goals, and purpose of our work together, and where God is leading us. In preparation, I sent each of them a single page reflection sheet. On this reflection sheet, I asked them to list one to three words they thought of when thinking of the different people on our team. I had a feeling this would be a cool exercise for us to get a glimpse of how we see each other on the team, but

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Word Made Flesh

And the Word became flesh and lived among us… full of grace and truth. – John 1:14 I am reading two books right now; The Body is not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor and My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem. These two powerful books are leading me to think deeply about what it means to be embodied. In body. I am thinking about my body in the world, my relationship with my body, others’ bodies, and the fact that we worship a God that was birthed, in flesh, on Earth, with us. Whether by ideals, feelings, dreams, or ability, it is much too

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Celebrate Advent Simply 7

Everyone gets lonely. It is normal to feel lonely, even in a crowded room. But we don’t need to leave people with that feeling. We can notice each other and pay attention to each other. We can introduce ourselves and ask each other what we are thinking or feeling. Feeling lonely can be really hard when it seems like everyone else is happy, especially during the holidays. This Advent, keep an eye out for the people on the edges, those who may be alone or especially withdrawn. Pray for them and find little ways to let them know you notice

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Celebrate Advent Simply 6

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7 Peace is something we can experience whether we are alone or with a group of people. It is a gift that has more to do with our state of being than rational understanding. It is a gift exemplified and promised by Jesus. Share one way you will practice peace today. Pray: God, make me an instrument of your peace, today and every day. Amen. These simple, daily devotions are written by Casey Cross for Hope Lutheran Church as a supplement

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