Author: Deb Kaiser-Cross

Airport Aha

Airport Aha

“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of […]

Recovering from the Hangover

Recovering from the Hangover

But this I call to mind, and therefore, I have hope: the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:21-23) We have all been hearing the words, “Thank God 2020 is over!” I know that we have all […]

Peacemakers

Peacemakers

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:8-9) My thoughts today turned to Swedish diplomat, United Nations General Secretary, and Nobel Prize recipient, Dag Hammarskjold. On September 18, 1961, he was en-route to negotiate a cease-fire in the Congo […]

Repotted

Repotted

Their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaved do not wither. In all they do, they prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3) When our daughter moved to Florida in […]

Connecting Dots

Connecting Dots

You have heard; now see all this; and will you not declare it? From this time forward I make you hear new things, hidden things that you have not known. (Isaiah 48:6) Every year, as the new year approaches, I take a couple of hours to reflect on the previous year. I get a cup of […]

How Silently, How Silently

How Silently, How Silently

But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (Luke 2:19-20) David and I had been married about a year and a half when we moved from rural Ohio to Mayview, Missouri. I […]

The In-Between’s

The In-Between’s

Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, ‘Draw near to the Lord, for he has heard your complaining.’” And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud. (Exodus 16:9-10) I feel like […]

Joy Scatterers

Joy Scatterers

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) Yesterday, I had the opportunity to gather with a few of our Stephen Ministers for a socially distanced outdoor luncheon. It was very different from our usual Christmas celebration, but beautiful in […]

A Quiet Preparation

A Quiet Preparation

A voice cries out: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:3) Once upon a time a Grinch tried to steal Christmas. He plundered Whoville of all its packages, tinsels, trees, food, even the logs in the fireplace and crumbs for the […]

Extra Grace Required

Extra Grace Required

“Do not judge so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” (Matthew 7:1-2) Extra Grace Required. Maybe you’re struggling with a family member who criticizes you unfairly or expects too much of you… or a friend who […]

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