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The Upper Room Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme.

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With You Is the Fountain of Life - January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019

We welcome the light. In 1974, a scientist discovered an ancient burial chamber in Newgrange, Ireland, that has a particular attachment to the Winter Solstice, the day after the longest night...

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With You Is the Fountain of Life - January 15, 2019

January 15, 2019

Read this passage again. And then once more, slower this time. Let these words sink into your bones. This is praise. If you need an attitude adjustment today, these verses can...

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With You Is the Fountain of Life - January 14, 2019

January 14, 2019

Have you ever had one of those days when everything worked together? The kids ate their breakfast. The car started. You arrived to work early, and you remembered to pack your...

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Befriending Baptism’s Wildness - January 13, 2019

January 13, 2019

Weheia, the word used for “open” in the Hawaiian text of Luke, has an interesting range of meanings: open, untie, undo, loosen, unlock, take off (as clothes). So we can consider...

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Befriending Baptism’s Wildness - January 12, 2019

January 12, 2019

During the Sanctus at every Eucharist, we acclaim, “Heaven and earth are full of your glory.” The psalmist proclaims the same throughout this psalm. The psalmist commands heavenly beings to declare...

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Befriending Baptism’s Wildness - January 11, 2019

January 11, 2019

How are we to understand the privileging of Israel here? It seems beyond our understanding of God’s general justice. As Creator, God’s love is for all creation. To the extent that...

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Befriending Baptism’s Wildness - January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019

We find parentheses in today’s reading. Don’t you love parentheses? I think of them as little Wikipedia entries within a story. They illuminate what we might not see otherwise. Christianity in...

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Befriending Baptism’s Wildness - January 9, 2019

January 9, 2019

We could read today’s psalm as a portrayal of a distant God separate from creation and thus capricious and rapacious. We could read it as God thrashing and trashing the trees,...

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Befriending Baptism’s Wildness - January 8, 2019

January 8, 2019

Redemption and wilderness experience go together. Isaiah’s covenant people know God’s love by going through literal and figurative flood and fire, by enduring exile and fear. God’s covenant-making and -keeping engages...

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God comes to us . . .

"God comes to the woman who feels in exile in her own marriage. To the man who grieves the loss of life dreams. To the child who lives on the street. To the parents who struggle to feed and clothe their children. To the one whose loneliness or depression intensifies every Christmas." Click to watch video.