Author: Sharon Harris-Ewing

Beauty

Beauty

God saw everything that [God] had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31, NRSV) My reflection this morning is a simple invitation to you to look for the beauty around you. Look for the beauty you have taken for granted in familiar places […]

A Prayer on the Eve

A Prayer on the Eve

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth . . . From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  ( John 1: 14,16 NRSV) My granddaughter Eve is old enough now that we […]

Loving Those We Have Seen

Loving Those We Have Seen

We love because [God] first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. The commandment we have from him is this: those who love God must […]

To Do or To Be?

To Do or To Be?

Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Psalm 46:10-11, NRSV) The beginning of a new year serves as a good reminder that much of life is cyclical. Every […]

The Work of Christmas

The Work of Christmas

When Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of […]

The Candle of Faith

The Candle of Faith

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1, NRSV) For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love […]

Advent 3: The Candle of Joy

Advent 3: The Candle of Joy

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  (John 15:10-12, NRSV) On Sunday, December 13, we marked the third […]

Advent 2: The Candle of Peace

Advent 2: The Candle of Peace

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  (Isaiah 9:6, NRSV) May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that […]

Advent 1: The Candle of Hope

Advent 1: The Candle of Hope

And again Isaiah says, “The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope.” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:12-13 NRSV) […]

My Church Family

My Church Family

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. (Philippians 1:3-5, NRSV) The Thanksgiving holiday is two days from now. My celebration—and perhaps yours, too—will be very different […]

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