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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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Practicing Hope - December 4, 2022

December 4, 2022

Last week, my four-year-old son built a spaceship out of a cardboard box and invited my fourteen-month-old daughter inside. I listened to them laugh uproariously and had a vision of my...

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Practicing Hope - December 3, 2022

December 3, 2022

We were chatting on the back of the ferry one day when Steve said, “So I’ve got to ask, Why did you decide to bring children into a world like this?”...

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Practicing Hope - December 2, 2022

December 2, 2022

“The only way to renovate that place is with a match.” That was the consensus opinion on the house we had just bought. I understood why. The weeds in the front...

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Practicing Hope - December 1, 2022

December 1, 2022

Every politician wants to be our next Jesus during election season. Elect them and they will fix Washington, reform healthcare, ensure economic prosperity, lower taxes, and give us hope or change...

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Practicing Hope - November 30, 2022

November 30, 2022

I wonder what it felt like for John to know that he was just the warm-up act for Jesus. All his preaching and ministry were never more than prelude, setting the...

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Practicing Hope - November 29, 2022

November 29, 2022

John the Baptist would make a lousy guest preacher. Rather than commending the piety of all the good religious people who had come to hear him, he deprecates their integrity, promises...

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Practicing Hope - November 28, 2022

November 28, 2022

“It’s going to turn out fine” was the last thing I wanted to hear as I shoved the last of our boxes into a moving van, saying goodbye to the new...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 27, 2022

November 27, 2022

Today is the beginning of Advent, the season of preparation for the coming of Christ! How fitting, then, that Psalm 122 is a song of pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The writer asks...

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Life As Pilgrimage - November 26, 2022

November 26, 2022

My spouse has told me often of his father’s favorite scripture. (It is not from today’s reading, but there is a link between them.) The favorite text was, “Always be prepared...

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This season, Whitney R. Simpson has given us the gift we must open: a clear, accessible invitation to connect with the divine spark that is within us. This is the best present: being present for Jesus’ birth, God made human.”

Learn more about our newest Advent resource, Fully Human, Fully Divine here.