Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Women of Joy

The Women’s Bible Study Group is reading the book, “Here and Now,” by Henri J. M. Nouwen.  Each week we take turns leading the discussion of the next chapter. I chose the chapter titled “Joy,” for several reasons. I was in anticipation of finally understanding the true meaning of joy which had been elusive in…

All Deserving

Working in the Emergency Department has exposed me to a very diverse group of individuals who are in the need of my care. I lace up my shoes and throw on my scrubs with no idea at all what the night is going to have in store for me. Nightshift workers experience a lot interesting…

Obedience

Dear Commanded, Jesus said, “This is my commandment , that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:21) Sometimes in the modern world we forget that we are not to simply love Jesus or even to follow Jesus ; we are to also obey Jesus. Obedience is not a favorite word in our…

Theology of the Underside

Sadly, this will be my last devotion with God’s Grace Community Church. I am leaving for a new adventure, but before I go, I’d like to share a quote that speaks to me.  “I am not the only one who sees the underside and God at the same time. There are lots of us, and…

Sunday to Monday | The Vine

We gathered to worship via the stream and remember Jesus’ words: “I am the vine, you are the branches…God prunes away…abide in me.” (John 15:1-8) It’s good news to know that Jesus is the vine and we are connected to him. It takes courage to be vulnerable to transform our understanding that God will prune…

Reflect

Happy May! Author Emily P. Freeman believes that intentionally reflecting on our days, months and years gives us an opportunity to really see what God has been up to. Looking back helps us to look forward with gratitude and courage. Her questions for the month of April are: Where did you see God in April?…

Enemy

I know that we are all saddened by what happened in Boulder a while ago.  I just can’t believe these shootings are happening in our beautiful state of Colorado.  Everybody is frustrated and asking why is this happening here.  Of all places, it was in a supermarket.  Nobody would ever imagine people getting shot in a supermarket.  We are all…

Down Time

I have been “laid up” for the past two and a half weeks after having foot surgery. I have the nice little rolling cart that makes it easy to get around the house, but there’s only so much one can do standing on one foot. Therefore, lots of my time has been spent on the…

Your Book

Dear Brothers and Sisters, When the church canonized St. Clare, the young women who was the friend and spiritual companion of St. Francis in Assisi , her dossier read, “Her very life was for others a school of instruction and doctrine. In this book of life, others learned the rule of life; in this mirror…

Bitter or Better

Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.  Hebrews 12: 14-15. My latest, life drama was moving my…