Out of the Depths

Psalm 130 “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.” The psalmist doesn’t say why he is brought so low, only that it’s a long way up to where he wants to be. The Bible got to be the Bible because people have found that so much of it speaks to them across all time and space. We don’t need to know why the psalmist is down; we just resonate with his words. He gives voice to what we have felt. Apparent…

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Due (Cassandra Millis)

My senior thesis was due one fateful Saturday at noon. It was 6:00 in the evening the night before, and I had yet to write a single word. By midnight, I was too hyped up on coffee to focus on anything and was lying on the floor of my friend’s dorm room wondering how in the world it was all going to get done, however by 5:30 in the morning I had 17 pages on the impact of James Davenport on the G…

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Wisdom's Children

Jesus is a lot to handle sometimes. Bold doesn’t begin to cover it. In the seventh chapter of Luke’s gospel he has an interaction with the crowd in which he essentially tells them, “You people are impossible to please!” He speaks briefly about their issues with John the Baptist, and also their issues with himself, then he says this line, “But wisdom is proved right by all her children.” Heavily weighted wo…

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Peace

6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling[a] together; and a little child will lead them. 7 The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. 8 The infant will play near the cobra’s den, and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest. 9 They will nei…

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Stories

One of my favorite things about this season of Advent, especially when my kids were younger, has always been the very many opportunities it presents to share stories. Unpacking family Christmas decorations and ornaments prompted stories: like the large wooden Santa who hangs on our front door every year (my husband and I bought it at a craft show, for our very first Christmas together). Or the…

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