Category: Preparation 2019

Perceivers of Joy- Thursday, December 19th

FEED MY SHEEP Today’s passage occurs after Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection. The disciples are fishing- but without any success- when Jesus calls to them from the shore. When they recognize Jesus, they hurry to him and find that he has… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Thursday, December 19th”

Perceivers of Joy- Wednesday, December 18th

THE LOST SHEEP Today’s parable is one that Jesus tells his followers shortly after he describes true greatness as becoming like humble children. He adds, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me” (Matthew 18:5). Jesus often tells his disciples- and is… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Wednesday, December 18th”

Perceivers of Joy- Tuesday, December 17th

THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD Many of us can recite Psalm 23 by memory. This psalm has brought peace and comfort to many people, especially in times of illness, death or other hardships. What is it about the image of God as our Shepherd… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Tuesday, December 17th”

Perceivers of Joy- Monday, December 16th

MOSES, SHEPHERD OF (TWO) FLOCKS Moses was shepherding a flock in Midian when an angel of God appeared to him in a burning bush. God was calling Moses to become a shepherd of a much greater magnitude- Moses was to lead God’s people out… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Monday, December 16th”

Perceivers of Joy- Sunday, December 15th

JOY: THE SHEPHERD CANDLE Light the Prophecy and Bethlehem Candles. Luke 2:8-20 (NRSV) In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord… Continue Reading “Perceivers of Joy- Sunday, December 15th”

Places of the Heart- Reflection; Saturday, December 14th

WEEK TWO- LOVE: PERSONAL REFLECTION This week we looked at a few places where Jesus lived, served and loved. We recognized that love lives in all of our Places of the Heart– places we will remember, places where we learned and grew, places where… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Reflection; Saturday, December 14th”

Places of the Heart- Friday, December 13th

YOU AND I: PERSONAL PLACES OF THE HEART My mom has lived in the same house for over 60 years. Her home has become a deeply treasured Place of the Heart. I have already moved eight times in my adult life, so I have… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Friday, December 13th”

Places of the Heart- Thursday, December 12th

GETHSEMANE If we were to consider all of Jesus’ Places of the Heart, we would need to include the entire gospels. Each place where Jesus has been is now a place where love has reigned. Today’s place, the Garden of Gethsemane, is actually an… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Thursday, December 12th”

Places of the Heart- Wednesday, December 11th

THE MOUNT OF BEATITUDES This Mount where Jesus preached his radical and revolutionary sermon, including the Beatitudes, is traditionally considered to be a mountain near Capernaum, up from the Sea of Galilee. Today it is our Place of the Heart, as Jesus’ message of… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Wednesday, December 11th”

Places of the Heart- Tuesday, December 10th

CAPERNAUM Capernaum is a fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. Today it is our Place of the Heart because Jesus healed many people there, showing his loving compassion, help and care for others. Light the Prophecy and Bethlehem Candles.… Continue Reading “Places of the Heart- Tuesday, December 10th”