By Adriel Santiago, a senior theater and communication double major from Souderton, Pa. DEVOTIONAL: Isaiah tells us to be a voice that strengthens the weak hands and the feeble knees, and which says to the fearful, “Be strong, do not fear!” It is the voice also heard in Isaiah 40, crying out in the wilderness, … Keep reading »
By Jeff Hochstetler, admission counselor THIS WEEK’S THEME: Go and tell DEVOTIONAL: Standing at the side entrance of the Mariendom, in Erfurt, Germany, I stared up at the sculpture work. Adorning either side of the entryway were statues depicting the Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins told in Matthew 25. On the one side … Keep reading »
By Ben Sutter, a sophomore history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind. DEVOTIONAL: “Prepare the way of the Lord.” Wow, that is some kind of assignment. It’s a call to get people ready for the most life-changing event in history. John the Baptist is set apart by God to fulfill that role. God … Keep reading »
By Maria Koshmider, a sophomore elementary education major from Dundee, Ohio DEVOTIONAL: What does love really look like? Jesus Christ is God’s perfect image of love. Jesus befriended even the lowliest. He was a friend to sinners. God calls us to “glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” with “one heart and … Keep reading »
By Debra Brubaker, professor of music, department co-chair (sp) DEVOTIONAL: Today’s Scripture passage – a description of the coming kingdom of God – sets power on its head with unusual language. The nouns of God’s righteousness are wisdom, equity, a belt around one’s waist, a shoot growing from a stump. Fantastical images are suggested: wolves … Keep reading »
By Heather Goertzen, resident director THIS WEEK’S THEME: Prepare the way of the Lord DEVOTIONAL: I have a friend named Felisa who stands at 4-foot-nothing, has a third-grade education and twice a week prepares a three-course feast for women who prostitute in Bolivia.
By Becky Horst, associate registrar and convocation coordinator DEVOTIONAL: Each Christmas season, the mystery and miracle of Incarnation sends a wave of awe over me. Our God is a God who comes to us. The Creator of the Universe stirs and moves among us creatures here on planet Earth. Jesus of Nazareth came and lived … Keep reading »
By Stephanie Wyse, a senior elementary education major from Mount Pleasant, Iowa DEVOTIONAL: If you were told that someone was going to publish a book about your life, beginning from this moment on, is there anything you would change? At some point in the last few years I decided that I would live my life … Keep reading »
By Chris Wood, associate professor of nursing DEVOTIONAL: Although the group pilgrimage to the Jerusalem Temple setting for Psalm 122 may seem far removed from our situation in 2010, I believe that many aspects of this “Song of Ascents” continue to ring true for Christians in the third millennium.
By Jim Brenneman, president DEVOTIONAL: Heraclitus, the ancient Greek philosopher, declared, “All things come to pass and perish through strife.” Much later, Thomas Jefferson seemed to agree. “The tree of liberty,” he proclaimed, “must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Are we destined to such self-fulfilling prophecies of … Keep reading »