Posts By: Jeffrey Lawrence

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 »

Advent Devotional: Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24

  A broken circle But Moses’ hands grew weary. … Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; so his hands were steady until the sun set. — Exodus 17:12 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy … — Luke 1:54… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Fourth Sunday of Advent, December 23

  He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever. — Luke 1:54–55 Night divine Father sky Appears in angel voices Glorious sound from afar. Shadows and stars appear On the night Christmas Eve Mother earth alights… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Third Week of Advent: Saturday, December 22

  All you need is love … and sent the rich away empty. — Luke 1:53 My brother was a huge Beatles fan as a teenager. Inspired by the Fab Four, he would sign birthday cards with the words “All you need is love.” Sound advice from a child of God whom the world might… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Third Week of Advent: Friday, December 21

  God eases the hungering Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. — James 4:8 He has filled the hungry with good things … — Luke 1:53 Empty calories. I am an expert on that subject and, like others who indulge in too many Christmas cookies, I will greet the new… Read more »

Advent Devotional: Third Week of Advent: Thursday, December 20

  Who’s lighting the Advent wreath? We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. — Romans 12:5 … and lifted up the lowly. — Luke 1:52 Growing up, it always seemed that the same families were invited to light the church Advent wreath. And they were… Read more »