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March 17, 2010

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By Hannah Eberly, a first-year nursing major from Harrisonburg, Va.
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 126 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Oh how sweet is the sight of home! During the summer of my 10th year of life, I journeyed west with my family for 28 days. From Virginia to Kansas I soaked up the scenery as miles passed beneath the car wheels. My nose wrinkled at the sulfur of Yellowstone and my neck craned back to capture Mount Rushmore. For those days, the attractions, amazement and beauty carried on. (more…)

March 16, 2010

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By Betty Schrag, administrative assistant to the president

SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 43:16-21 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
My husband and I have been riding a tandem bicycle for the past six years. It is a delicate balance of holding on and letting go. Since I choose to ride on the back, one of the things I have to do is give up control and trust him to steer the bicycle and apply the brakes at appropriate times. We are both constantly aware of our surroundings. We try to be as visible as possible by wearing very bright clothing, having blinking lights on the bike and practicing safe bike etiquette. In spite of all these safety measures, we have had several close calls. We are alert to the fact that bikers are injured or killed every year because drivers didn’t see them. (more…)

March 15, 2010

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By Suzanne Ehst, academic counselor and assistant professor of education
THIS WEEK’S THEME: I will make … rivers in the desert

DEVOTIONAL:
The lucid image of this week’s theme immediately speaks to me of renewal.

Surely my experience of living by the St. Joseph River prompts my interpretation of this line. This river is repeatedly a source of renewal for my work-weary soul. In the summer, my husband and I float our canoe downriver to a sand bar that is submerged about a foot below the surface. (more…)

March 12, 2010

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By Ross Peterson-Veatch, associate academic dean and Center for Intercultural Teaching and Learning director of curriculum and faculty development
SCRIPTURE: Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
As the father of two sons, this passage speaks deeply to me of the gift of extravagant love that God has given by blessing me with my boys. It comforts me so to know that God heaps that love on me and also on you. I understand that no matter how far I stray, I am forgiven as soon as I even so much as desire to repent and return. God knows what’s in my heart, and will offer me forgiveness even though I am unworthy. (more…)

March 11, 2010

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By Tina Peters, a senior physics major from Yellow Springs, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
In today’s Scripture, Paul is telling us that as Christians we should not be far off from God. We are no longer to use human judgment. We have been created anew in Christ. And as the apostles once saw Christ as a man living among them and their understanding was transformed, with the resurrection our understanding must also be transformed. (more…)

March 10, 2010

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By Carolyn Schrock-Shenk, associate professor of peace, justice and conflict studies

SCRIPTURE: Psalm 32 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
I felt the heaviness of the room envelop me as I walked through the glass double doors, the security guard locking them behind me. It was 4 p.m. and I was the last person allowed into the local Social Security office. The waiting room was still full; two long, silent rows of people; faces etched with anxiety, fear and sadness; gloom wrapping them about like a shroud. This was the recession personified. (more…)

March 9, 2010

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By Hannah D. Miller, a senior peace, justice and conflict studies major from Scottdale, Pa.
SCRIPTURE: Joshua 5:9-12 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
God certainly provides for us in many situations. The Israelites are one of the best examples of God’s provision in the Bible. Although they had been wandering in the desert for many years without a home, God gave them manna to eat and hope for the future. This passage in Joshua begins with the statement that Israel has been reconciled to God – that the “disgrace of Egypt” has been rolled away. At Gilgal, the Israelites celebrate the Passover, a reminder that God has protected them from death and despair and has made God’s love and grace known to them. (more…)

March 8, 2010

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By Luke Gascho, director of Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Be reconciled to God

DEVOTIONAL:
Carl, an elderly man, had been attending our church for a year. His life had been a journey of brokenness and hardship. Within the gathered community of believers, he found people who cared about him as a person. As his heart softened, he chose to join the church. I remember vividly his exuberance as he responded to the confessional questions in the baptismal service. Instead of the staid responses of “I do” and “I will” that typically follow the questions, Carl made statements like “Absolutely!” and “I’d have it no other way!” Carl had experienced reconciliation and he glowed with joy. (more…)

March 5, 2010

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By Paul Steury, K-12 education coordinator for Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
SCRIPTURE: Luke 13:1-9 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Right after Dylan, my first son, was born we planted an apple tree in honor of his birth. I purchased it from the local nursery right down the road from Merry Lea, Benders Orchard. We waited for the first fruit to grow on that tree. And we waited and waited and waited. We pruned it. Mulched it. Put coffee grounds around it. And still no fruit. I couldn’t cut down the tree that we planted in honor of my first son so we kept loving it and being patient. Well, after the sixth year we got five apples off of that tree. The seventh summer we got thirty! (more…)

March 4, 2010

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By Ben Sutter, a first-year history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:
Lent is a season of stepping back from life, reevaluating. Holding on to what is right but letting go of our own misconceptions. How must the disciples have felt as the one they hoped would be their Savior was subject to death on the cross? In such a time, God called them to let go of their own ideas of a Savior and hold on to who Jesus truly was. (more…)

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