By Tamara Shantz, assistant campus pastor 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.”
April 3: An old dried up lump
By Ruth Stoltzfus, associate professor of nursing 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 … Keep reading »
April 2 (Good Friday): What wondrous love is this?
By Bethany Swope, director of church relations DEVOTIONAL: 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 … Keep reading »
April 1: Into the arms of God
By Heather Zimmerman, a senior American Sign Language major from Barrigada, Guam 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 … Keep reading »
March 31: Are we there yet?
By Andrea Dalton, assistant professor of Bible, religion and philosophy DEVOTIONAL: 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?
March 30: No longer alone
By Kathryn Schlabach, a senior molecular biology/biochemistry major from Turner, Ore. 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 … Keep reading »
March 29: Alive in Christ
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, … Keep reading »
March 26: Obediently trusting and serving
By Ruth Hochstetler, day circulation supervisor at the college’s Good Library 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, … Keep reading »
March 25: Every tongue confess
By Kara Mishler, a senior elementary education and special education major from Shipshewana, Ind. 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 … Keep reading »
March 24: Finding our voice and identity
By Arienne Johnson, a senior history and Bible and religion double major from Herndon, Va. 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 … Keep reading »
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