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Advent 2016: Awaiting the King

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 1 & 2   It is easy for us to think of our King as a baby lying in a manger. Particularly during the Advent season, we can be convinced that…

Advent 2016: The Passover Lamb

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 2:39-47   I remember the panic on the young mother’s face as she frantically darted back into the foyer. The church service had ended twenty minutes ago, and the same…

Advent 2016: Faith for Today

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 2:26-33   Simeon was resilient in hope. The Spirit of God ensured Simeon that he would not pass from this earth until he had seen the thing he hoped for:…

Advent 2016: Everything has Changed

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 2:16-18   Let your mind wonder with me. What was it like as the shepherds approached the stable where Mary and Joseph sat with their newborn child? Did they call…

Advent 2016: The Fall & Redemption

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 2:1-7   Mary and Joseph set out on the long journey from their hometown to the home of Joseph’s ancestors. The Text reminds us again – as if to make…

Advent 2016: Promise Kept

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 1:46-56 Yesterday we read Mary’s joyful words that remind us that God’s Kingdom is a reversal of the Kingdom of man: the lowly are chosen, the humble are exalted, and…

Advent 2016: Thorough Redemption

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 1:24-25 God keeps His promises. It is the story of the Old Testament, woven through many characters, lives, and longings: God keeps His promises. Just as Gabriel announced to…

Advent 2016: An Invitation to Wait

The following reading comes from Word & Craft’s 2016 Advent Devotional. If you would like to download the full devotional, you can do so here.  Read: Luke 1 & 2   I hate waiting. Ever since I was a kid waiting has made the top 10 list of my least favorite things to do. Whether I waiting for…

Misplaced & Remade | A Prayer for Election Day

God of every country, of every nation, of every land; We come to you this morning with our hearts in our hands. We woke anxious, slept uneasy, and rise to meet the day with worry tucked inside our chests.   We are not a people of easy trust, and yet, we find we have placed…