Zechariah’s Song

By Sunshine Metschke There are so many beautiful, joy-filled hymns we sing at Christmastime. Some remind us of the sweetness of the silent night upon which the Savior was born and the humble conditions that surrounded Him. Some proclaim the long-awaited Savior has finally arrived! But one familiar hymn has always sounded desperate and haunting to …

Mary’s Song

By Renee Meyer As protestant believers, we don’t spend a lot of time thinking or talking about Mary outside of Christmas. But I love Mary, the mother of Jesus, and wonder how much we could learn from her, year round. We could all, like Mary, respond to God’s voice by saying, “Behold, the bondslave of …

Embracing Peace

By Marlys Burgett It’s Advent--the season to be thinking about waiting. Waiting for the return of Jesus, who will redeem our broken world. Waiting peacefully for His peace to reign forever. I'll admit it sounds so lovely, the peaceful waiting! I imagine myself in a Hallmark movie in a beautiful home, surrounded by lights and …

Jesus is God

It comes up too often to ignore, to push aside and move on. Whether lingering over warm cups in my favorite coffee shop, sitting face-to-face at the kitchen table, or side-by-side on a fireside sofa, our conversations often come to “where is God in this?” Where, indeed, is God in the dark places that mark …