By Ross Peterson-Veatch, director of curriculum, teaching and faculty development DEVOTIONAL: This advent season, my regular activities of work and life have had a little more of a frenetic feeling underneath them than usual. As my kids get older, I find our family having to craft tight plans for all our days to get everyone … Keep reading »
By Mara Weaver, a junior history major from Bloomington, Ill. DEVOTIONAL: As I sat down to reflect on today’s Scripture passage, I found myself steeped in the stress of the ending semester, a time when no one seems to be able find time to get all of his or her work done, let alone stop … Keep reading »
By Annika Miller, a junior elementary education major from Broadway, Va. DEVOTIONAL: In a few days, we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Isaiah reminds us to loudly praise God in all we do because it’s only through God’s glory that Jesus was sent into the world as our salvation.
By Carina Zehr, a sophomore environmental science and sociology major from Foosland, Ill. DEVOTIONAL: As I read this passage, considering my busy semester, I asked myself, “At what times have I truly praised God lately?” I seem to be more thankful to God than anything. Yet, the times that I have praised have been wonderful … Keep reading »
By Ruth Hochstetler, Good Library day circulation supervisor DEVOTIONAL: I have sisters-in-law who are elementary school teachers. With the start of each new school year, our family is entertained by the unusual or ridiculous names of children in their classrooms. A familiar name gets an update with a unique spelling, or a child is saddled … Keep reading »
By Justin Yoder, a junior music and interdisciplinary double major from Perkasie, Pa. THIS WEEK’S THEME: His glory is above earth and heaven DEVOTIONAL “I wonder if God comes to the edge of heaven each Advent and flings the Star into the December sky, laughing with joy as it lights the darkness of the earth; … Keep reading »
Jessica Gotwals, a junior nursing major from Telford, Pa. DEVOTIONAL: I can’t imagine what Mary would have felt when she received Gabriel’s message that she would be the mother of Jesus. Mary found herself in circumstances she could not explain. The social ramifications of her pregnancy were daunting, and she must have experienced moments of … Keep reading »
By Isaac Yoder-Schrock, a senior physics major from Donnellson, Iowa DEVOTIONAL: Those of us who live the North American lifestyle tend to live planned, non-mysterious and time-centric lives. Everything that matters can be easily explained and whatever cannot may be ignored or neglected. Often this even extends into our faith. It is in the proclamation … Keep reading »
By Sophia Metzger, assistant director of multicultural affairs DEVOTIONAL: This is an exciting time. Waiting in joyful hope, preparing for the coming of Jesus and all the rituals, meals and gatherings that come with it. I find it easy to become engrossed with activities during the holiday season, trying to ensure that everything is just … Keep reading »
By Jan Emswiler, assistant professor of nursing DEVOTIONAL: In these verses, I am struck once again by how God works with and through ordinary people, and how these important stories must be told and retold. In doing so, the retelling becomes a form of praise and adoration of the Creator and Sustainer.