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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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Following the Light, Being the Light - January 3, 2019

January 3, 2019

Light and darkness offer rich metaphors for our life in Christ. Light is God’s love that breaks through the darkness of cruelty and injustice. Light is Christ meeting us in the...

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Following the Light, Being the Light - January 2, 2019

January 2, 2019

Mercy is compassion in action. As discussed in yesterday’s meditation, Jesus taught us to find him in merciful encounters. In doing so, he echoes the biblical sense of justice. American iconography...

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Following the Light, Being the Light - January 1, 2019

January 1, 2019

Jesus Christ is God’s light in the darkness. Thus, we want nothing more than to see and know Christ. How shall we find him? To find the light in the darkness,...

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Following the Light, Being the Light - December 31, 2018

December 31, 2018

Israel, long acquainted with darkness, still awaited daybreak. Remembering invasion, dispersion, and exile, a recently returned remnant felt homesick in their homeland where they faced much rebuilding amid suspicious neighbors. As...

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From This Time Onward - December 30, 2018

December 30, 2018

A new calendar year stretches before us, stirring up fresh resolve in many of us to change our circumstances or ourselves during the next twelve months. Some will write official New...

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From This Time Onward - December 29, 2018

December 29, 2018

How are we to live in the waning light of the Christmas star? Our hearts and lives quickened in breathless anticipation as we prepared to receive the Christ child. But here...

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From This Time Onward - December 28, 2018

December 28, 2018

By the time Jesus turns twelve, Mary and Joseph have carved out life-as-usual routines and traditions for their household, including the annual Passover pilgrimage from Nazareth to Jerusalem and back again....

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From This Time Onward - December 27, 2018

December 27, 2018

The story of Samuel begins one chapter before our reading. In the scriptures we first meet his father, Elkanah, and mother, Hannah, and learn that Hannah is barren. Year after year...

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From This Time Onward - December 26, 2018

December 26, 2018

From Creation’s first breath, we are reminded through the poetry of the Psalms that every single part of life imagined, formed, and spoken into being by God is imbued with the...

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From This Time Onward - December 25, 2018

December 25, 2018

Nestled against Mary’s heart, her arms still awkward with first-time mothering, this newborn squirms against the cloth that binds him. He whimpers a bit, to which his young mother responds with...

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