Devotional #7: When Marion Anderson was forbidden to sing in Constitution Hall in 1939, she sang “Deep River” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Deep river, my home is over Jordan.Deep river, Lord, I want to cross over into campgroundO don’t you want to go to that Gospel-feast?That Promised Land where all is peace? According . . .
Devotional #6 Revelation 22: 1-2 The River of Life Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river is the tree of life with . . .
Devotional # 5: Isaiah 48: 17-19 I am the Lord your God:who teaches you for your own good,who leads you in the way you should go.O that you had paid attention to my commandments!Then your prosperity would have been like a river,and your success like the waves of the sea;your offering would have been like . . .
Devotional #4: Psalm 36 Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,your faithfulness to the clouds.Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,your judgments are like the great deep;you see humans and animals alike, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God!All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.They feast . . .
Devotional #3: Last year I wrote a devotional based on this poem by Lucille Clifton: the river between us in the river that your father fishedmy father was baptized. it wastheir hunger that defined them, one, a man who knew he couldfeed himself if it all came down,the other a man who knew he needed . . .
Devotional #2: “In Blackwater Woods,” after describing ponds, Mary Oliver continues: “Every yeareverything I have ever learnedin my lifetimeleads back to this: the firesand the black river of losswhose other sideis salvationwhose meaningnone of us will ever know. To live in the worldyou must be able to do three things:to love what is mortal;to hold itagainst your . . .
When agreeing to write a week’s worth of devotionals for the Lenten Season 2022, I knew I wanted to start at a river. Not just any river, but the Gallinas River that runs right through Las Vegas and which I’d be more apt to call a creek or stream. But the locals call it a . . .
Many of us have lived our lives in a busy, goal-oriented world, hearing the message, “don’t slow down, or you’ll lose your edge.” The COVID world has slowed us down and filled our inner ear with messages of failure. During Lent, we can ask God to speak to us of the good things in our . . .
Even during Lent, the troubling voices of our times threaten to drown out the coming Easter message of salvation. Many of us feel lonely and lacking in emotional support. We need to listen hard for the messages of reassurance and grace God has for us today. . . .
During Lent we hear successive stories of Christ’s mission, passion, death, and resurrection — and how these events altered and re-altered the lives of His family and followers. During this time we can also think about our own lives, spiritual and otherwise, plan, open our ears, and hear ways in which we need to double . . .