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April 6, 2012

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By Ben Sutter, a senior history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (NRSV)
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Jesus does something incredibly curious as he’s sitting with his friends the night he’s arrested. He acts, as Jesus often does, in a way that causes us to pause. In John’s highly narrated account of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, we read an explanation of Jesus’ thought process. (more…)

April 5, 2012

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By Launa Rohrer, associate dean of students
SCRIPTURE: I Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
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We lost Grandma during Lent this year.

Growing up, staying at Grandma’s house was a treat. We had our routine. Breakfast always included homemade bread and vitamin C. Grandpa always read Scripture; Grandma read the meditation. Grandpa prayed for each child and grandchild before the day began. At the close of each day, Grandma would dole out cran-raspberry juice to each of us, hug us and send us to bed. (more…)

April 4, 2012

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By Leanna Teodosio, a sophomore sociology and Bible and religion double major from Lima, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 (NRSV)
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Have you ever really taken the time to listen to what a middle schooler had to say? There are some who call me crazy, but middle school is my favorite age group for a variety of reasons, including their stark honesty, humor, energy, emerging autonomy and individuality, to name a few. (more…)

April 3, 2012

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By Jodi H. Beyeler, assistant director of public relations
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:1-14 (NRSV)
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As a kid, did your mom ever whisper to you when you left for summer camp, a sleepover or a date, “Don’t forget who you are and where you came from”? At the time, I thought that my mom just didn’t want me to embarrass her or my family. (more…)

April 2, 2012

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By Ruth Hochstetler, day circulation supervisor in the Good Library
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Later you will understand
(NOTE: In this final week of devotions, there will be devotions on Saturday and Sunday.)
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Three jars took up residence atop my bedroom dresser soon after I first started earning money as a child. One was labeled “savings,” another “spending” and the third “tithe.” (more…)

March 30, 2012

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By Jim Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:1-11 (NRSV)
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As you read this, I am with a group of pilgrims preparing for another Palm Sunday procession. Literally, we are “approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives,” where Jesus sent two disciples to find a donkey colt for him to ride into Jerusalem by way of the Lion’s Gate. I have made this pilgrimage before. (more…)

March 29, 2012

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By Liz Core, a junior communication major from Pella, Iowa
SCRIPTURE: John 12:12-16 (NRSV)
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Today in my Restorative Justice class we were invited into an exercise in which a statement was said – “English should be the official language of the United States” for example – and were told to take a stand by walking to the side of the room labeled either “agree” or “disagree.” (more…)

March 28, 2012

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By Bill Born, vice president for student life
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29 (NRSV)
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“Open to me the gates of righteousness…”
“This is the Lord’s doing…”
“This is the day that the Lord has made…”

These three phrases within Psalm 118 suggest to me that the Lord is in control. God is the gatekeeper inviting us to simply enter through the gates and give thanks, to accept the Lord’s grace and receive righteousness.

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March 27, 2012

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By Saralyn Murray, a junior American sign language major from Orrville, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 50:4-9 (NRSV)
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What does it take to “awaken” me? I need to be awakened not just in the morning, but periodically throughout my day. I need “God moments”: a sunrise, a new blanket of snow, a dark night sky or a large, orange moon.

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March 26, 2012

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By Anna Ruth, a senior English major from Harleysville, Pa.
SCRIPTURES THIS WEEK: Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29; John 12:12-16; Mark 11:1-11

THEME THIS WEEK: Your king is coming

DEVOTIONAL:

Patience is certainly not my forte. Last spring, while living in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, during my semester abroad through the college’s Study-Service Term, I learned that I am not alone. Each morning, my commute to school began with a short ride on the daladala (minibus) to get to the ferry dock. Dar es Salaam is a coastal city, and I needed to cross an inlet of the Indian Ocean to reach downtown. At 6:15 a.m., the ferry dock is a chaotic mess of bicycles weaving through crowds of people running with school books or baskets of food on their heads. Everyone is desperate to catch the next ferry over, and nobody wants to wait – I didn’t, either. (more…)

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