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March 23, 2010

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By Rachel Nafziger, a junior elementary education major from Harrisonburg, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
“Nothing’s going right,” I quietly moan. It’s 12:23 a.m., and the computer screen in front of me flashes, taunting in its robotic hum. “An error has occurred in a third party module”…. (more…)

March 22, 2010

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By Jeff Hochstetler, admission counselor
THIS WEEK’S THEME: He humbled himself

DEVOTIONAL:
This past December, 13 months after being diagnosed with cancer, my mother passed away. Growing up, I often took for granted the times with my mother. While my mother was sick, I often anticipated and hoped for the day when she would get better. Future memories of weddings, graduations and grandchildren seemed to hang in the balance. I became frustrated projecting my own hopes of a future on the reality which was happening. Many people from church, coworkers, friends and family prayed for her healing. However, as time went on and her disease progressed, it became clear that my time with her was indeed limited. (more…)

March 19, 2010

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By Jake Shipe, resident director
SCRIPTURE: John 12:1-8 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In John 12:1-8, Jesus’ friends hosted a dinner party in honor of him. It was a time to give thanks and a time for friends to fellowship with one another. Those throwing the party had much to be thankful for. The party was held in the town of Bethany, the residence of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. In Mark 14 we are told the celebration was held in the home of a man known as Simon the leper. All of these individuals had their lives drastically changed through their relationships with Jesus and thus had many things to be thankful for. Jesus restored life to Lazarus, showed Martha how to truly serve, blessed Mary for her devotion to his message, and healed Simon restoring his exile from society. (more…)

March 18, 2010

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By Matt Helmuth, a first-year sociology and Bible and religion double major from Elkhart, Ind.
SCRIPTURE:Philippians 3:4b-14 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I spent spring break this year with a group of my fellow students in LaGrange, Ga., learning about issues surrounding illegal immigration. We spent the week with people whose lives were given over to fighting for justice in God’s name. We witnessed extreme poverty and extreme wealth existing side by side, visited prisoners unjustly detained, and helped in the feeding of the hungry and the distribution of clothes to the needy. It was a thoroughly Mennonite service trip. (more…)

March 17, 2010

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By Hannah Eberly, a first-year nursing major from Harrisonburg, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 126 (NRSV)
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Oh how sweet is the sight of home! During the summer of my 10th year of life, I journeyed west with my family for 28 days. From Virginia to Kansas I soaked up the scenery as miles passed beneath the car wheels. My nose wrinkled at the sulfur of Yellowstone and my neck craned back to capture Mount Rushmore. For those days, the attractions, amazement and beauty carried on. (more…)

March 16, 2010

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By Betty Schrag, administrative assistant to the president

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:16-21 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
My husband and I have been riding a tandem bicycle for the past six years. It is a delicate balance of holding on and letting go. Since I choose to ride on the back, one of the things I have to do is give up control and trust him to steer the bicycle and apply the brakes at appropriate times. We are both constantly aware of our surroundings. We try to be as visible as possible by wearing very bright clothing, having blinking lights on the bike and practicing safe bike etiquette. In spite of all these safety measures, we have had several close calls. We are alert to the fact that bikers are injured or killed every year because drivers didn’t see them. (more…)

March 15, 2010

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By Suzanne Ehst, academic counselor and assistant professor of education
THIS WEEK’S THEME: I will make … rivers in the desert

DEVOTIONAL:
The lucid image of this week’s theme immediately speaks to me of renewal.

Surely my experience of living by the St. Joseph River prompts my interpretation of this line. This river is repeatedly a source of renewal for my work-weary soul. In the summer, my husband and I float our canoe downriver to a sand bar that is submerged about a foot below the surface. (more…)

March 12, 2010

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By Ross Peterson-Veatch, associate academic dean and Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning director of curriculum and faculty development
SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
As the father of two sons, this passage speaks deeply to me of the gift of extravagant love that God has given by blessing me with my boys. It comforts me so to know that God heaps that love on me and also on you. I understand that no matter how far I stray, I am forgiven as soon as I even so much as desire to repent and return. God knows what’s in my heart, and will offer me forgiveness even though I am unworthy. (more…)

March 11, 2010

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By Tina Peters, a senior physics major from Yellow Springs, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In today’s Scripture, Paul is telling us that as Christians we should not be far off from God. We are no longer to use human judgment. We have been created anew in Christ. And as the apostles once saw Christ as a man living among them and their understanding was transformed, with the resurrection our understanding must also be transformed. (more…)

March 10, 2010

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By Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, associate professor of peace, justice and conflict studies

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 32 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I felt the heaviness of the room envelop me as I walked through the glass double doors, the security guard locking them behind me. It was 4 p.m. and I was the last person allowed into the local Social Security office. The waiting room was still full; two long, silent rows of people; faces etched with anxiety, fear and sadness; gloom wrapping them about like a shroud. This was the recession personified. (more…)

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