By Tamara Shantz, assistant campus pastor and apartment manager DEVOTIONAL: Throughout our Lenten devotionals we have been considering what it means to “become human.” As Philip Newell suggests in his book, Christ of the Celts, in Christ, we have a witness to the truth of who God created us to be. Christ shows us not … Keep reading »
April 23: Awaiting dawn in the darkness
By Justin Yoder, junior music major from Perkasie, Pa. DEVOTIONAL: I’ve often wondered what that first Holy Saturday was like for the followers of Jesus in Jerusalem. The Gospels are mostly silent when it comes to this final day in our Lenten journey; the detailed narratives skip from the anguish and despair of Good Friday … Keep reading »
April 22: The cruelty of the spiritual spring
By Ann Hostetler, professor of English DEVOTIONAL: “April is the cruelest month,” T. S. Eliot wrote. This is certainly true in Northern Indiana where the promise of spring is often packed in freezing rain and blasts of cold wind. A few weeks ago a serendipitously warm day coaxed tulip leaves from the ground. I itched … Keep reading »
April 21: Get the tambourines out
By Emma Brooks, a sophomore art major from Littleton, Colo. DEVOTIONAL: Being tired makes me grumpy; not seeing the sun for several weeks only makes my mood worse. I didn’t realize how lucky I had it, coming from a place with 300 days of sunshine a year. A hectic schedule and bleak sunless days have … Keep reading »
April 20: Whom is it that we persecute today?
By Brook Hostetter, a sophomore music major from Harrisonburg, Va. DEVOTIONAL: After reading this passage I decided to take a few days to reflect on this question in my own life. “Whom is it that I persecute?” Persecution in our lives may not seem as obvious or as harsh as it did in the Bible. … Keep reading »
April 19: I woke up this morning with my mind stayed on Jesus
By Odelet Nance, director of the Multicultural Affairs Office DEVOTIONAL: When I was a child growing up at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, music was a key component of the worship experience. On any given Sunday at Mt. Zion, you could hear the following lyrics of this traditional spiritual being supported by drums and an organ … Keep reading »
April 18: I have seen the Lord
By Grace Parker, a junior English and Bible and religion double major from Wichita, Kan. THIS WEEK’S THEME: I have seen the Lord DEVOTIONAL: Mary Magdalene, previously shocked and grieved by Jesus’ death, suddenly appears to the disciples and declares, “I have seen the Lord” (John 20:18). She had seen Jesus – alive, standing outside … Keep reading »
April 15: What lies ahead
By Sophie Metzger, assistant director of multicultural affairs DEVOTIONAL: As they near Jerusalem, Jesus gives his disciples clear instructions: Go, find, untie, bring to me…
April 14: Recreated and restored
By Jake Shipe, resident director DEVOTIONAL: The theme for this year’s Lenten Devotions asks the question, what does it mean for us to be the created and recreated images of God? How may we become authentically human?
April 13: Simultaneous flattery and humility
By Jessica Gotwals, a junior nursing major from Telford, Pa. DEVOTIONAL: For the past three summers I have worked as a camp counselor. This was simultaneously the most flattering experience and the most humbling experience I’ve ever had.
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