Month: November 2020

Living Lightly

Living Lightly

Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew […]

Finding a Safe Place

Finding a Safe Place

He is a God that never lacks strength to rescue us. (Isaiah 50:2) In each of the classrooms at Precious Cargo, we have what is called a “safe place.” This is an area in the room set aside from all the busyness of centers, toys, art materials, etc. It usually has a soft welcoming chair […]

Stand By Me

Stand By Me

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. (Isaiah 43:2, NRSV) My brain knows that the hurricane season ends on November 30. But I always assume […]

THINK

THINK

You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. (James 1:19-20) Have you ever had one of those moments where you wished you could rewind and erase what you just said? Even though I try very hard to […]

Perseverance

Perseverance

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the […]

Stuck In Front of an Oncoming Train

Stuck In Front of an Oncoming Train

. . . and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age. (Matthew 28:20) I remember reading a story in the New York Times: While awaiting a subway train with his two young daughters, Wesley Autrey saw a man on the platform who was convulsing and stumbling. As Wesley turned to […]

Let’s Build Each Other Up

Let’s Build Each Other Up

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11) Remember that old expression, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” How many of us instinctively shot back those words on the playground when we were children? Perhaps children still […]

Revolutionary Patience

Revolutionary Patience

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair. (2 Corinthians 4:8, NRSV) I awoke yesterday morning and there was no president-elect, although both candidates were predicting victory. Collier County ranked 16th in Florida for new COVID-19 infections. And to add to the fun, Tropical Storm Eta appeared to […]

What Plans?

What Plans?

For thus says the Lord: Only when Babylon’s seventy years are completed will I visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you […]

A Higher Power

A Higher Power

My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God. (I Corinthians 2:4-5, NRSV) I am writing this devotional less than one week before the election, knowing […]

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