Advent Devotions 2020

Showing items for 'Maya Angelou'

Amazing Peace: A Christmas Poem
Posted by Maya Angelou on

Thunder rumbles in the mountain passes And lightning rattles the eaves of our houses. Flood waters await us in our avenues. Snow falls upon snow, falls upon snow to avalanche Over unprotected villages. The sky slips low and grey and threatening. We question ourselves. What have we done to...

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It All Started with a Candle
Posted by Amamnda Aubrey on

When God's people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice  hospitality. -Romans 12:13, NLT When I was a kid, we would put up our Christmas tree, outside Christmas lights, and various other home decorations beginning on the day after Thanksgiving. How elaborate the...

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Legend of the Lights
Posted by Alexis Bazydola on

  When I was in elementary school, my mom drove me to school and church on the same road every day. One night, my mom and I were driving home, and I asked, “Why do people put Christmas lights on their houses?” She said, “To remind people of the star on the night when...

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The Comfort of Light
Posted by Ryan Bennett on

  In him was life and that life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not overcome it. – John 1:4-5   When I was in Seminary, I was on staff at First UMC in Crossville, TN and would commute 170 miles each way up Highway 127...

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A Certain Bravery
Posted by Cori Brantley on

In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it. -John 1:4-5.  I love Christmas lights.  They are one of my favorite things about Christmas.  They feel warm and comfortable and bring with them...

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The Shortest Day
Posted by Susan Cooper on

The Shortest Day So the shortest day came, and the year died,And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white worldCame people singing, dancing,To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees;They hung their homes with evergreen;They burned beseeching fires all night longTo...

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Light Worth Searching For
Posted by Chris Crowell on

It was a brisk February night in rural Iceland. Snow still coated the landscape, muffling the crunch of our tires as we drove into darkness. One of the reasons we’d come, after all, was to try and glimpse that elusive glimmer which reveals itself to only the most determined of travelers. A...

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A Drive Down Christmas Memory Lane
Posted by Glenda Davis on

Lights have always been a special part of Christmas for me. I can remember as a child how we would always beg my dad to drive us around town to look at the lights decorating homes for the holidays. Then, during the “energy crunch” years of the 70s and early '80s, people were...

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A Battle of Light
Posted by Rebecca Dixon on

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. -Genesis 1:3-4 One of my favorite places to go is to the mountains.  The smells, sounds, and sights are a balm to my...

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Christmas Lights with My Father
Posted by Ryan Duncan on

Blessed are they who persevere under trial, because when they has stood the test, they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love God. – James 1:12    When I was still a child living in Illinois, my father drafted me into his yearly Christmas...