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I don’t know about you, but this year I experienced resurrection in a drastically different way than any year prior.

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The Cristo Blanco statue of Christ in Cusco, Peru, with his arms wide open and embracing

My Lord and My God

Is Thomas, for us, an example of trust, or of unbelief?

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A man looking expectantly out a window

Oh, Thomas!

Thomas and others remind us that we can have expectations—but even if they are fulfilled exactly as we hoped, there will always be so much more.

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A painted white heart on a park bench

God So Loved the World

God the Father loves us enough to keep speaking Jesus, the eternal Word, into our pain and suffering.

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People raising their hands to worship in front of a sign that says Jesus

El Verbo Among Us

Every translation is an interpretation.

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A wine carafe on a table next to water bottles at a wedding banquet

Empty Water Jars

What is easier to say: Fill the jars with water, or Bring your empty water jars?

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Several families in an office copy room

Keeping Christmas Well. . . by Seeing Your Coworkers as People

The birth of Jesus, God in human flesh, reinforces the value of human life. It encourages us to see our co-workers as whole people and to care for them accordingly.

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A hand holding the Baby Jesus from a nativity scene

What if God Was One of Us?

The Incarnation is, ultimately, a mystery. But it is the mystery on which every other mystery of the Christian faith depends.

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A newborn baby yawning

Sleepless on Christmas Eve

In this difficult time of history, how good to know that Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us.

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Sacrifice of Isaac by Rembrandt

Ending 2020 With Hope

The season of Advent and Christmas is an annual, repetitive reminder of God’s love for this world and its inhabitants.

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Sheep eating pasture behind a fence

Pasture, Green Pasture

We lament the loss of the world we used to have. We fear for our jobs, or perhaps we are already dealing with the bureaucratic and financial struggles of having lost them. We grieve the illness and death of loved ones. Into this pain and disruption this scripture speaks assurance.

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Abiding in Love

May you be deeply rooted in the soil of God’s love and may you be held and upheld, sustained by the source. May the soul of your leadership grow a thick and deep root in the soil of God’s own love. My hope is to remind you to stay connected to the soil of God’s own love for you and your community. Abide in this love today. The harvest of this abiding will come tomorrow. There’s nothing more that you need to produce today. The vine invites you to be present today. Be present to yourself, to God, and to others. I am in this struggle with you. You are not alone. 

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The Sixth Word:
It is Finished

Because Jesus finished his work of salvation, you and I don’t need to add to it. In fact, we can’t. He accomplished what we never could, taking our sin upon himself and giving us his life in return. Jesus finished that for which he had been sent. We are the beneficiaries of his unique effort. Because of what he finished, you and I are never “finished,” to use this word in a different sense. We have hope for this life and for the next. We know that nothing can separate us from God’s love.

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A burnt tree in the middle of the desert

The Fifth Word:
I am Thirsty

In the account of the crucifixion in the Gospel of John, Jesus said “I am thirsty” (John 19:28). No doubt he experienced extreme thirst while being crucified. He would have lost a substantial quantity of bodily fluid, both blood and sweat, through being crucified and through what he had endured prior to crucifixion. Thus his statement, “I am thirsty” was, on the most obvious level, a report of a physical feeling and a request for something to drink.

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A woman holding her son

The Third Word:
Woman, Here is Your Son

When we think of the crucifixion of Jesus from the perspective of his mother, our horror increases dramatically. The death of a child is one of the most painful of all parental experiences.

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