2010 Archives | Devotions | Goshen College

April 4, 2010

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By Tamara Shantz, assistant campus pastor
SCRIPTURE: John 20:1-18 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Today we proclaim and celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Together with Christians the world over, we proclaim, “The Lord is risen!” With Mary Magdalene we call out, “we have seen the Lord.” (more…)

April 3, 2010

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By Ruth Stoltzfus, associate professor of nursing
SCRIPTURE: Luke 23:50-24:12 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
When I was a child, my Sunday School teacher gave each of us an old dried up lump of something. She had us put this lump in a pot of dirt, gave us instructions to water it regularly and put it in the sunshine with the promise that soon our lump would look just like the beautiful picture of a flower that she showed us. And, of course she was right, that lump grew into a beautiful daffodil. (more…)

April 2, 2010

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By Bethany Swope, director of church relations
SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:47-23:49 (NRSV)
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We know the Good Friday story. We also know that it’s not the end of the story, that resurrection awaits.

But for today, we linger in the deep sadness and disillusionment of the followers of Jesus. We grieve for his mother, as she watches the suffering of her beloved yet puzzling gift from Yahweh. We get angry with those who mock Jesus, but question if we really would have had the courage to do better than Peter. (more…)

April 1, 2010

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By Heather Zimmerman, a senior American Sign Language major from Barrigada, Guam
SCRIPTURE: Luke 22:7-46 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
When I read this passage, I was struck by Jesus and Simon Peter’s conversation. Jesus predicts Simon’s denial in verses 31-32 saying that, “Simon… But I have pleaded in prayer for you … that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.” I think this is truly amazing because Jesus let go of the rejection that Simon would cause him in his self-serving denial and extended grace, forgiveness and encouragement. This was a truly loving thing God allowed to happen. (more…)

March 31, 2010

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By Andrea Dalton, assistant professor of Bible, religion and philosophy
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 65:17-25 (NRSV)
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I have to confess that Lent has seemed really long to me this year. I feel like the child in the backseat asking, “Are we there yet?” Haven’t we repented and fasted enough? Aren’t we good now? (more…)

March 30, 2010

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By Kathryn Schlabach, a senior molecular biology/biochemistry major from Turner, Ore.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 31:9-16 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Loneliness is one of the most profound human emotions. Isolation from other human beings, from the vital connection of community, can be devastating. Sometimes this isolation is physical; at other times, we can be in a room full of people and not feel connected to a single soul. (more…)

March 29, 2010

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By Kevin Gary, assistant professor of secondary education
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Alive in Christ

DEVOTIONAL:
The theme of this week is “Alive in Christ.” I am reminded of second century theologian St. Irenaeus’s saying, “The glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Yet what does it mean to be fully alive? For insight, I often turn to Luke’s story of Martha and Mary welcoming Jesus to their home. Luke suggests that the fullness of life is constituted by both service and prayer. Through service we direct our attention towards welcoming and creating a hospitable place for others. All of Martha’s careful preparations are sacraments of her love and care for Jesus. Yet this service, though essential, may not be enough. In spite of Martha’s service and our good works we can sometimes forget to attend and be present to each other. (more…)

March 26, 2010

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By Ruth Hochstetler, day circulation supervisor at the college’s Good Library
SCRIPTURE: Luke 19:28-40 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In Sunday School long ago, I remember creating construction paper palm leaves to illustrate this text. Another Palm Sunday, I might have acted as a palm waver in the church’s Passion Play performance; one young voice among many shouting the familiar line, “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Known as Christ’s triumphal entry, Jesus’ popularity hit a new high in the polls. This became the focus of the passage in the previous times I’ve read it. (more…)

March 25, 2010

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By Kara Mishler, a senior elementary education and special education major from Shipshewana, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: Philippians 2:5-11 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard this Scripture read, preached about or reflected on. Its popularity is shown in the countless songs written to reflect the last few verses. But at the root of it all, the text helps us remember the very reason God sent his Son to earth, and gives us specific examples of how to live our lives just as Jesus did. (more…)

March 24, 2010

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By Arienne Johnson, a senior history and Bible and religion double major from Herndon, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9a (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
As a kid I faced a daunting personal dilemma known as “indecision.” With two stubbornly opinionated older sisters dominating matters at home, I learned from an early age that to “agree” was a survival tactic. No use holding a dissenting opinion of my own if it would conflict with that one universal greater good: peaceful sister interactions! Right? (more…)

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