Posts By: Jeffrey Lawrence

Lenten Devotional: Holy Week (Sun., Apr. 14 – Sat., Apr. 20)

  Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14 This week’s theme: The living Word of God We know virtually nothing of his life before he began his three-year ministry. We do know that he was well-acquainted with Scripture, most likely tutored by his parents. Throughout the Gospels we see how he freely and succinctly referred to the spiritual… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Easter Sunday

  Sunday, April 21 Everything that has breath Psalm 150 On this day filled with shouts of “Alleluia, he is risen!” we come to the end of our journey into mindfulness through the Psalms. How fitting to close with the final song of the psalter, a majestic hymn of praise. Let’s read it in its… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Fifth Week of Lent (Sun., Apr. 7 – Sat., Apr. 13)

  Sunday, April 7 This week’s theme: Omnipresent Psalm 139 On the grounds of Maui’s Palapala Ho‘omau Congregational Church lies the gravesite of Charles Lindbergh. He was a man of extreme contrasts: a national hero, then a Nazi sympathizer; a consultant on war tactics, but also an environmentalist concerned with preserving species like the humpback… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Fourth Week of Lent (Sun., Mar. 31 – Sat., Apr. 6)

  Sunday, March 31 This week’s theme: All that is within us Psalm 103 The Westminster Shorter Catechism, written in the mid-1600s, appears woodenly orthodox through the lens of history. But its first question and answer (edited here for inclusion) provide a beautiful preface for any journey of faith. Question: What is the chief end… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Third Week of Lent (Sun., Mar. 24 – Sat., Mar. 30)

  Sunday, March 24 This week’s theme: Our bounteous provider Psalm 65 It originated in the mid-1500s, and today — nearly 500 years later — millions of Christian worshipers sing its familiar words each Sunday. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise God, all creatures here below; praise God above, ye heavenly hosts; praise… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Second Week of Lent (Sun., Mar. 17 – Sat., Mar. 23)

  Sunday, March 17 This week’s theme: Still waters Psalm 23 Many of us rarely experience stillness in our lives. Plugged into media devices, surrounded by a cacophony of noises, and ruled by the dictates of our schedules, we often neglect our sabbath needs. We forget that we are created to rest as well as… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: First Week of Lent (Sun., Mar. 10 – Sat., Mar. 16)

  Sunday, March 10 This week’s theme: Glory be! Psalm 19 The word “glory” means “magnificence” or “splendor.” Though the Psalms speak of God’s glory in manifold ways, the Israelites believed that the radiant presence of Yahweh — described later by rabbis as shekinah — resided most powerfully in the holy of holies, that inner… Read more »

Lenten Devotional: Ash Wednesday, March 6 – Saturday, March 9

  Ash Wednesday, March 6 Majesty everywhere O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! — Psalm 8:1a Many of us today will receive the ashen mark of a cross on our foreheads. We will hear the familiar phrase, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”… Read more »

2019 Lenten Devotional: Awakening to God’s Beauty

  A Lenten invitation to pray with art | Presbyterians Today About the devotional To see Jesus with the heart is know that in the long run his kind of life is the only life worth living. To see Jesus with the heart is not only to believe in him but little by little become… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25

  Christmas Day Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people … — Luke 2:10 … according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever. — Luke 1:55 As children, setting up the Nativity scene was… Read more »