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Devotion: It’s All In How You Look At It

Please take a moment to read the scripture from the weekend: John 4:46-54 As our congregation looks with wonder at the stories of the Bible where God amazes us, we realize that it’s hard to amaze us these days. We are distracted by many things, and with all the capabilities...
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Devotion: Created to Be

“and I praise you because ofthe wonderful way you created me.Everything you do is marvelous!Of this I have no doubt.” Psalm 136:14 As this is released, I’ll be embarking to New Orleans for the ELCA Youth Gathering with 16,000 teenagers on the...
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Women’s Ministry: Summer Blessings

I love the summer. As a child, it was a break from school and as a pharmacist, it’s a little bit of a slowdown before the busyness of flu shots in the fall. I’m often spending more time outdoors this time of year and am reminded of how much God has done for us. While doing...
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Devotion: Spiritual Health is Emotional Health

Please take the time to read John 8:1-12, 30-34 Earlier this year a former colleague, cherished friend and the finest of humans passed away unexpectedly. Tim Stuart was kind, curious, brilliant, funny, humble and loyal. I miss him terribly. One of the gifts I most...
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Devotion: How Did We Get Here?

Please take the time to read Luke 7:1-10 What has happened to those lazy, carefree days of summer when we used to enjoy the warm summer breeze on our faces and picnic with our loved ones? It used to be that way, but not anymore. The last five years have families running at...
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Devotion: Father’s Day

Please take a moment and read the scripture from this weekend: 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 In the week leading up to Father’s Day, I was thinking fondly about some of the special things that my dad taught me how to do when I was growing up. We lived outside of town on an...
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Devotion: Love One Another

Please read the scripture from the weekend: Isaiah 55:6 & 7 If I were to ask you about an extraordinary day in your life, you would tell me about a wonderful experience. About graduating from high school or college or your wedding day or the day you became a parent or...
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Devotion: Memorial Day

Please read the scriptures from the weekend: Revelation 21:1-7 When I was little and in Sunday School here at Sheridan, I remember the teacher asked us what book of the Bible we’d like to study next. I quickly raised my hand and said, “Revelations!”, she looked at me at once...
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Devotion: Graduation

Please take a moment to read Joshua 1:5-9 Graduation is an extraordinary time! Many of you know someone near to you that is graduating, or maybe you, dear reader, are crossing over to a new role as Joshua is in today’s scripture. For me, it has been 50 years since I...
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Devotion: Women’s Faith

Please take a moment to read Mark 7:24-30 To fully understand the magnitude of this lesson, one must again remember the cultural beliefs of Jesus’ day. Women were at the bottom of the status scale. Women belonged to their fathers then to their husbands. No political rights. No...
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Devotion: Purpose

Take a moment to read Matthew 28:16-20 & Proverbs 16:3-4. Reflect on this: How often do we make our well-documented and thoroughly crafted plans and then ask God to bless them? We try to persuade God to agree with us, instead of allowing ourselves to be realigned with...
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Women’s Ministry: Living in the Light of God’s Love

“Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy.” Psalm 34:5 At our recent Women’s Retreat we considered ways to cultivate joy while walking with God, including creative endeavors, time in nature, laughter, friendships, and praise music. We had opportunities...
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