“Rhythms of Growth is like a 12-month garden tour through countries of the spiritual life. Each month Linda Douty explores a different aspect of spiritual living, using the language and metaphors of field and garden.”
–Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God
“Insightful daily reminders that inspire us to live a deeper life.”
–John McQuiston III, author of Always We Begin Again: The Benedictine Way of Living
Discover how to pray and read scripture in ways that lead you to know and follow God’s will.
Interruptions often blindside us, leaving us wondering where God is. Jacob Armstrong looks at how Jesus responded to interruptions.
Set aside your stress for a bit and consider how the interruption you are going through may actually be an opportunity to feel God’s presence.
What do you say to someone who’s dying? Richard Morgan draws on his experience as a pastor and hospice chaplain to give guidance for those conversations you need to have with loved ones as they approach death.
“These poems are a journey of healing, hope, and spiritual wholeness.”
—Elaine J. W. Stanovsky
Bishop, The Mountain Sky Episcopal Area
The United Methodist Church
Through this book of poetry and reflections about the death of her mother, Roberta Bondi offers a gift to all who have lost a loved one.
“This outstanding resource for churches, small groups, and individuals will help people grow in their faith. Rob Fuquay is an excellent teacher and guide, and I look forward to studying this resource in my own small group.”
Pastor and author of The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus
In this 7-week study, Rob Fuquay explores what Jesus meant when he said “I Am the Bread of Life,” “I Am the Light of the World,” “I Am the Good Shepherd,” and other “I Am” statements.
Travel with Rob Fuquay to the Holy Land and see the places where Jesus stood as he disclosed his identity and the context in which he spoke the “I Am” statements from the Gospel of John.
The gospel comes to life as we move from the Judean wilderness to the Gaililean hills and into the heart of Jerusalem in this fast-paced, interactive video journey that helps us discover Jesus anew. The DVD includes Group Guides for adults, youth, and children.
Read Luke 1:38
We are almost there: “there,” in the particulars of this season, being Christmas. We are but a few short days away from the promise kept of a Child born for all God’s children. But in the broader vision of faith, of which Christmas is a signpost, we are also almost there: “there” being the final coming of God’s promised realm. The word Ad-vent literally means “coming toward” and embraces both the Child-King born in a manger and the Sovereign Lord who will usher in history’s end—and the new creation’s beginning. We are almost there. Do you believe that? Do you believe you live on the edge of such promises—and if so, where does your life evidence those promises?
Mary stands poised on that edge in today’s verse. Promises have been offered. A choice must be made. Imagine someone standing on the edge of a high-dive platform beside a pool for the first time. A deep breath is taken. Will the step forward be taken: into the rush of air speeding by, not knowing exactly what the feel of striking water from this height will be, not sure how deep she will plunge before breaking back to the surface?
“Here am I,” Mary whispers,“. . . let it be with me according to your word.” With that, Mary steps off into the sheer air of trust, a headlong descent—or is it ascent?—into a lifelong experience of what it means to live in trust of God’s promises.
Advent bids us live on the edge of promise turning to fulfillment: not just by singing carols and reciting creeds; but rather, like Mary, by the gracious abandonment of who we are into the depth of holy possibilities of who we might yet be. “Here am I. . . . let it be with me.”
Here am I, O God. What word, what promise, would you have me “let it be” this Advent? Amen.
John Indermark is a minister in the United Church of Christ and a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary. His ministry consists of writing Christian education curricula for The Present Word, Seasons of the Spirit, and The New International Lesson Annual. John has authored nine spiritual formation books published by Upper Room Books. Since moving from full-time parish ministry into his ministry of writing in 1992, John has also provided extended pulpit supply and transitional ministry in various Presbyterian and Lutheran congregations in southwest Washington and northwest Oregon.
The Upper Room Disciplines is a best-selling book of daily devotions published annually by Upper Room Books. Each week’s readings are reflections on scripture passages from the lectionary for that period. On Mondays the first reading for the week will be posted.
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