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Love Forever Being Born

In November of 2022, I found myself silently weeping in the lobby of the University of Chicago Hospital, having just concluded my 38th...

God Trusts Us

In today's message Erika explores the passage from Isiah that gives us the promise of Emmanuel--God is with us. It is through this...

In the Fray

Today’s Gospel reading states that “A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might...

Still Hoping

Although we are in the second week of Advent, Isaiah reminds us this week to hope. Jessica reflects on how we can be the hope. Today's...

Waiting for the Mountain

This week, Jessica reflects on God's presence in our time of waiting. Today's Readings

Am I an Orphan?

It is that season again.  We prepare.  We wait.  We anticipate.  On this first Sunday of Advent 2023, Jesus tells us, “Be watchful! Be...

Quiet Little Town

Quiet little town, silent starry night; The manger waits in joyful expectancy. Nobody knew the gift they’d receive Just by answering the...

Peace in the Chaos

While visiting the Church of the Nativity in September, I was stuck by the chaos-the un-orderly crowds pushing forward, the elbows, and...

Hearts and Homes

Today's Readings For the final Wednesday in Advent, as we get closer to Christmas, Jessica reminds us to continue to prepare our hearts,...

Emmanuel

Today's Readings Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means "God is with us." Every...

An Advent Hymn

(To the tune of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas) Have yourself a hopeful little Advent Allow your heart to ponder Mary knows our...

Creating Justice

Today's Readings For the third Wednesday in Advent, Jessica reflects on God as Creator of Justice and reminds us of our role in that as...

The Saint of Light

As we continue to prepare our hearts and homes to enter into the Christmas season to celebrate Christ, who brought light into a dark...

How Long, O Lord?

An Advent Conversation with Psalm 34 I prayed to the Lord, and He answered me. How long between David’s prayer and God’s answer? How long...

For this Baby, We Have Rejoiced!

Today's Readings Christmas was always a big deal in my family growing up. Our house was decked out from top to bottom, inside and out,...

Still Waiting

Today's Readings For the second Wednesday in Advent, Jessica reflects on the importance of growing our relationship with God in our waiting.

Let It Begin with Me

“…on earth peace and good will toward men and women” (paraphrased from Luke 2:14). I long for peace on earth and good will between all...

Preparing

Today's Readings We are often told we need to always be prepared. Whether that is for a work meeting, a presentation we are giving for...

The pilgrimage of Advent

A couple of days before I departed for a pilgrimage to the holy land, I got around to reading the paperwork they sent. One of the pieces...

Renewing Hope

Today's Readings For the first Wednesday in Advent, Jessica reflects on the hope found in this reading for the first century Christians...

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