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'Mary had a baby'

December 19, 2016

Sometimes the unplanned journey takes you exactly where you need to be. On a visit home to New York this past November, I had time to explore Manhattan in the early hours of a brisk Saturday morning. Heading to my third funeral in eight weeks, I...

Brokenness, Addiction, and Searching for Light and Hope

December 14, 2016

Tis the season of joy and celebration, right? And brokenness. Yep. This is when we must muster our best tools to ignore the pain around us. Because for all the peace and happiness, this Christmas season is also one that sheds light… light on the...

Tags: addiction, depression, health, recovery

A Prayer for the Advent Season

December 12, 2016

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. A United Methodist pastor wrote a special prayer which is easy for individuals, churches, or families to use during this season of anticipation. This video puts his words with...

The word is... light

December 2, 2016

Ancient church mothers and fathers often greeted one another with the phrase, “Give me a word.” This greeting led to the sharing of insights and wisdom. Today we continue this tradition with this monthly column.

Let Us Give Thanks: A Photo Prayer

November 23, 2016

While November marks a celebration of thanksgiving in the U.S., finding time to thank God is part of our daily discipline as United Methodists. This video meditation features a shortened version of a prayer of thanksgiving. You are encouraged to...

What to do when it feels like death?

November 17, 2016

In the year King Uzziah died, the prophet, in his grief, turned to God in the Temple. For many of us, there may be a feeling that our hope for the new king, has died, and we turn to God. There is hope, and a lot of it in this passage from Isaiah...