A January 20th Prayer

Today, we pray for shalom, peace from head to toe. Amid divisions, we are grateful to live in a nation with peaceful transitions of power. We pray for our leaders to have the humility to serve the entire nation, the wisdom to build structures and systems for righteousness, justice, life, and most of all, to…

Dark Mourning, Deep Mercy (Lamentations 3)

MOTIVATE Context is key. Many times we can read something and think a person means one thing, but when we read it in context, it can mean something entirely different. So, whether you are reading the news, a book, or the Bible, it is best to read in context. Here are some classic examples. “Great…

Dark Mourning, Deep Mercy (Lamentations 1-2)

MOTIVATE 2020 was a tough year because few, if any, had experienced a pandemic. We are all inadequate and need to give ourselves space and grace to one another. Imagine having those feelings of inadequacies all your life. Frodo Baggins in Tolkein classic LOTR. Frodo is a hobbit character who is unsuspectingly called upon to…

Living in Exile (Jeremiah 29)

Jeremiah 29:1-14 / Introduction to series on Lamentations 3 observations #1 Jeremiah’s letter shared good news but not without the bad news. Babylon was ungodly city ruled by idolatrous and immoral leaders. Jeremiah didn’t want to write this letter, but he needed to. It took courage in the face of other leaders who contrasted his…