CategoryDevotions

Words of devotion shared by our rostered leaders and guests.

Touching the Face of God

John Gillespie Magee was a WWII fighter pilot, who wrote these words three months before he was killed in a mid-air collision.  The poem is entitled, “High Flight.” Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds,…

The Voice of Your Soul

We use the word “soul” a lot, don’t we?  “You are my soul-mate” … “That involved some soul-searching” … “She’s a bit of a lost soul, isn’t she?” … “You really bared your soul, didn’t you?”  We have a whole genre of music called “soul music.”  Maybe you watched the TV show “Soul Train” as…

God Surprised Me

This Sunday morning past, God surprised me.  That is not an earth-shattering observation in that I am a simple soul … a soul easily amused … and more easily surprised.  But sometimes the blindness of my inner eye of faith, prevents me from seeing the joy of God breaking through into our world at times…

Awakening to Light

What is so sweet as to awake from a troubled dream and behold a beloved face smiling upon you?  My soul is for the moment bowed down with grief when I cease to feel the touch of their hands or hear a tender word from them; but the light of faith never fades from my…

Harvest

Thank you to Brendan Armitage for serving again as our guest devotioneer this week. Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves…

A Solitary Life … or Not

We live in a world that thrives on individuality.   “One of a kind” is preferred over “one of the herd.”  Being “unique” is a higher calling than being “uniform.”  “Standing out” is far better than “blending in.”  I get it.  Being unique makes us feel special, it invites others to notice us.  It helps us…

A Canna Lily in Your Heart

(Thank you to Brendan Armitage for writing this week’s devotion) “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 Canna lilies are tall plants, often 8′ high, with shiny, broad tropical leaves and topped with these dramatic stems of red or orange flowers.  This time of year, they’re…

Holy Laughter

It was a homiletical hot mess.  I got a little too clever for my own good this past Sunday in my sermonizing.  If you were in traditional worship that morning, you already witnessed my brilliant idea of playing Hide-and-Seek in the middle of the sermon.  I had six cards with words on them that as…

Choose Life

It was 6:45 a.m. on Sunday morning, and already the day was complicated.  I had just spent about forty-five minutes with a family that was in the process of removing a hospital life-support system from their loved one.  She had been in a serious accident the day before, and while her body was strong and…