November 20, 2014

How to Make an Advent Wreath

By Robin Pippin |

Editor’s Note: Advent begins on November 30, 2014, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Lighting an Advent wreath and reading related scripture are simple ways you can prepare your heart for the birth of Jesus, Light of the world and God-with-us.


Come, draw us in, hold us together
while we wait for the birth of the Light of lights,
the One who will guide us into the world anew. Amen.

–Pamela C. Hawkins

Advent wreathAbout Advent
Advent is a season of four weeks that includes the four Sundays before Christmas. Advent derives from the Latin adventus, which means “coming.” The season proclaims the coming of Christ – whose birth we prepare to celebrate once again.

We begin this season with … read

November 17, 2014

Power Made Perfect

By Erica Schemper |

Cross and Crown of thorns  Article from The Upper Room Disciplines 2014, reading for Monday, November 17.

Read Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24.

Royalty only comes up in my life because I’m the mother of a six-year-old girl: There’s a good deal of pretending and playing princess in our house. The allure rests not so much in the power of the position as in the satin, lace, and bling on the dress-up clothes. And the only purpose of a king, as far as my daughter is concerned, is to be parent to the princess.

This coming Sunday is a feast day. Some churches call it  … read

November 13, 2014

Using Your Imagination with Scripture

By Jan Johnson |

Imagination-Book-TransparentLet us release the cares of our day,
and open our eyes to the wonder of God.
With an attitude of empathy to people of another time,
let us open our hearts and minds to God.
Let us prepare to experience God’s word to us
through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

—From page 37, Taste and See

Editor’s Note: Have you ever used your imagination as you read scripture? … read

November 10, 2014

Walking in the Unexpected

By Judith Kohatsu |

road and treesArticle from The Upper Room Disciplines 2014, reading for November 10.

Read Psalm 123

This week I invite you on a pilgrimage. You choose the destination; the road is the scripture passages for this week. A pilgrimage involves a journey with spiritual intent, a physical journey or one into our minds and souls.

Some psalms were written as pilgrimage songs. Picture yourself just inside the walls of the ancient city of Jerusalem. At last you feel safe from the hazards of the road. You turn your eyes toward your destination. What do you see? … read

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