Advent Devotion December 17

By: Kristin Murray Readings: Psalm 80:1-7, Jeremiah 31:31-34, Hebrews 10:10-18 Today’s readings tell the story of a people’s anguished cry to be restored to God’s favor, the prophet Jeremiah’s promise that God will make a new covenant with them, and God’s ultimate sacrifice of his son Jesus Christ, who forgives all...

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Advent Devotion December 16

By: Sally Cassidy Readings: Isaiah 11:1-9, Micah 4:8-13, Luke 7:31-35 Micah was a minor prophet, younger than Isaiah but contemporary, in the 700s BCE. He preached a lot of doom, but then says, Don’t get discouraged or give up hope: God will make you into winners. Isaiah, and others, often preached...

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Advent Devotion December 15

By: Candace Lilyquist Readings: Isaiah 11:1-9, Numbers 16:20-35, Acts 28:23-31 What are you connected to and what connects to you? In this season, we renew our acquaintances by sending Christmas cards. Those cards come and go to people that are in your life. Occasionally, the distance has grown too long and...

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Advent Devotion December 14

By: Stephanie Dahle-Adams Readings: Isaiah 11:1-9, Numbers 16:1-19, Hebrews 13:7-17 The words of Somali-British poet, Warsan Shire have been in my mind recently. Shire, 27, is wise beyond her years — and she writes from the intersection of cultures. It’s her words about the state of the world that speak to...

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Advent Devotion December 12

By: Krista Sickert-Bush Readings: Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 9:8-15, Luke 1:57-66 What’s in a name? Do you know the meaning of your name and why it was chosen for you? Were you named after a family member or friend? Choosing our girls’ names with their blessing of their birth-mothers, was such a...

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Advent Devotion December 11

By: Jeremy Grenhart Readings: Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 8:4-12, 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 Isaiah 12 is a short chapter that rings with praise for God. The context is “in that day” (verse 1 and 4) which refers to the previous chapter where it is talking about the millennial kingdom where Jesus will reign...

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Advent Devotion December 10

By: Sarah Johnson Readings: Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 6:1-8, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15 It’s amazing how relatable these passages are to our lives today. It seems every year we yearn for better, for newer, and for more. I know I am guilty of this as well. Many of us sit around the...

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Advent Devotion December 9

By: Dave Cleveland Readings: Psalm 126, Isaiah 35:3-7, Luke 7:18-20 TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU-OU-OU In 1965, the British rock group The Kinks released the song “Tired of Waiting for You.”  It was soon No. 1 in England, and reached No. 6 in the United States. I can still sing...

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Advent Devotion December 8

By: Chelsey Christensen Readings: Psalm 126, Isaiah 19:18-25, 2 Peter 1:2-15 Waiting, Stopping, Breathing, Being – these are not my strengths. In the Lutheran Deaconess Association, these are what we’d affectionately call my “growing edges,” so the theme of this year’s Advent Devotional resonated deeply with me. And yet, the...

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