Category Archives: Devotionals

The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Three

Shoshana and her sisters had thought Mother and Grandmother kept them busy before. There was always a lot of food to prepare, and cleaning to do. But now, with the inn full and an unconscious man in the corner of … Continue reading

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The Innkeeper’s Story, Chapter Two

Hiram raced to the courtyard, Micah at his heels. The sight that greeted him brought him up short, puffing and wheezing. For a minute he could only stare. A Samaritan—a Samaritan—stood here in his inn! And not only that, Micah … Continue reading

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THE INNKEEPER’S STORY, Chapter One

“House! House!” The impatient shout from outside the courtyard was accompanied by the telltale creaking, jingling, and stamping of a long pack string. Hiram, the innkeeper, was busy counting stacks of coins. “Shem!” he shouted. “Shem!” The inn would be … Continue reading

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A Three-Way Conversation, in Three Acts

Based on Acts 9.   Act One—a room in a house in Damascus, the home of a Christian disciple, Ananias.   God: Ananias. Ananias (jumps, startled): Yes? God: Get up and go to Straight Street, to Judas’ house. Look for … Continue reading

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Master Weaver

  This is the second week of Lent, for those Christians who follow the traditional church calendar. Lent is a centuries-old tradition intended to encourage 40 days of prayerful introspection, soul-searching, and seeking healing. Part of one of the scriptural … Continue reading

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How to Strengthen a Guilty Soul

Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10: All the people of Israel gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had given to Israel. Accordingly, the priest … Continue reading

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A New Name for New Year

  One of this week’s passages, Isaiah 62:1-5, contains this promise: “You shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give.” It reminded me of chapter four in my book, Ten Promises Carved in … Continue reading

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Epiphany!

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star … Continue reading

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Images

  “Fast away the old year passes…” The older one gets, the faster the seasons turn, until they’re nothing but a blur. Since I began following the liturgical calendar, I have become even more aware of this in a way; … Continue reading

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The Malach

It was my first time out with the shepherds all night, and I was excited! Well, I was excited for the first few hours, that is. After a while, it got chilly and boring and I snuggled up to the … Continue reading

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