Category Archives: Devotionals

Pruning Lessons

Ignorance is bliss. But not very productive, it turns out. I didn’t know kiwis and blueberries were supposed to be pruned, too! This is the time of year when I do my best to prune my fruit trees. I had … Continue reading

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Being Perfect

I have known many people in my life who worry a great deal about Jesus’ statement in the Sermon on the Mount, found in Matthew 5:48: “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” They spend … Continue reading

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Rebuilding Ruins

Isaiah 58, particularly around verses 7-12, is my “life passage,” as some Christians define it. I have always been enamored of castles—the fantasy and romance that surrounds them, at least; possibly not so much the reality of life in one!—and … Continue reading

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From the Journals of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

Just recently unearthed in an obscure archaealogical dig somewhere far, far away–some clay tablets identified as the journals of the tax collector and Pharisee in the following Bible story! Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that … Continue reading

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You Remind Me of Jesus!

A few years ago, I heard a sermon that really struck me. The pastor told a story in which he had been traveling at night in the rain and was cross and tired. A motel owner treated him more kindly … Continue reading

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The Potter

Jeremiah 18:1-4 I hunch over my heavy wooden work table. It is early morning, but I am sweating already as I pick up the heavy hunk of orangey-red clay and fling it forcefully down on the table, then knead it, … Continue reading

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To a Tree

Caesar, I called you. You were bald in the middle of your top, with a crown of leaves all around, and somehow I had the idea that Emperors looked like that. Yours were not laurel leaves of victory, though. They … Continue reading

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Emmanuel

A Commentary on the Lord’s Prayer By Corienne M. Hay [Note: Before her death, my mother completed a personally paraphrased harmony of the gospels which she called Emmanuel. You will notice that all personal pronoun I’s are in lower case. … Continue reading

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The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Five–Finale

Jonathan closed his eyes. “Where’s your Yeshua and His heavenly Father now?” screamed Shem. “Shem!” The strength of Jemima’s voice startled everyone. “Calm yourself, my son.” “Calm myself!” shouted Shem. “We’re going to be murdered, and God doesn’t even care!” … Continue reading

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The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Four

The morning sun warmed the tiny courtyard behind the kitchen. There were no guests; even the ruffians had finally left. Jemima, Joanna, and Rachel had laid out a newly shorn fleece and were beginning to sort and pick it. They … Continue reading

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