This year has thrown off so many traditions and disrupted our family events. Halloween came and went in a blur, and I realized we didn’t carve pumpkins this year. I’m concerned that we let this year take away our sense of tradition. This Christmas, I’m determined to do the best lights on our house that we’ve ever done! We have our first child on the way, a baby boy. I want our son to grow up knowing how important it is to light up our house. It will shine on the inside and the outside. A bright point of hope in all the darkness of 2020.
I give thee thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing thy praise;
I bow down toward thy holy temple
and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness;
for thou hast exalted above everything
thy name and thy word.
On the day I called, thou didst answer me,
my strength of soul thou didst increase…
As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, it’s always encouraging to hear from people who say ‘thanks’ for the giving. St. Luke’s most recent food ministry event was last Friday – the Thanksgiving Food Box Giveaway. Hundreds of our fellow Oklahomans in need showed up to our Asbury Campus to pick up free food for the holiday. The cars stretched down the block, and the next block, and the next…
In this scripture, Paul, the soldiers, and other prisoners have survived a long and terrifying sea voyage. They did not arrive at their intended destination. They were off course and landed on the island of Malta. It did not matter, land beneath their feet was welcomed. How grateful they must have felt to finally catch a break! How often do we receive unexpected hospitality and kindness, especially when we truly need it? And how does it make us feel? We can hardly express ourselves over the strong feelings of surprise, love, and humbling gratitude.
2020 has changed a great many things. Many of our family traditions will not happen this year. I must admit it makes me extremely sad. However, there are many traditions that will take place this year, despite COVID-19. Many of our practices during this holiday season are designed to help us remember the wonderful things that God has done for us…
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was; and when he saw him, he had compassion, and went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ Which of these three, do you think, proved neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed mercy on him.” And Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south. Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and […]
The Apostle Paul started the church in Philippi on his second missionary journey. Philippi was a city in Greece situated on a major road that connected Rome to much of its territory to the east. It was a great city for Paul to establish a church where the good news of God could travel freely throughout the empire.
God‘s grace is truly amazing. Wrapped into our concept of grace are so many wonderful parts of our life of faith. Grace is God’s presence in our lives. We are not alone as we walk the journey of life. Deuteronomy states, “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear or be in dread of them: for it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6) Grace is also the forgiveness of our sins…
We were on our way to Branson, Missouri for a family vacation. I took the wrong exit and, the next thing you know, we are almost to Arkansas. We had no intention of visiting the Natural State before we arrived in Missouri, but a wrong turn, great family conversation, and a little bit of inattentiveness led us off our predetermined path.