Empty or Full: Bring a Sacrifice of Praise

Empty or Full: Bring a Sacrifice of Praise

Post by Therese Kay

I’ve been working through The God of All Comfort: Devotions of hope for those who chronically suffer by Judy Gann.  Today’s Scripture was Habakkuk 3:17-18

“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

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In the Waiting

In the Waiting

Post by Therese Kay

I wrote a passage in my prayer journal on Holy Saturday - the day between Good Friday and Easter.  There are times in life when we lose hope, when we don’t understand what is happening and why. We don’t know the end of the story. We don’t know that this is just a tragic, confusing event in the middle of a story of hope, redemption, resurrection, and new life.

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Blaming the Scapegoat

Blaming the Scapegoat

Post by Kathleen Schwab

This year I am teaching American Literature to my Late High School students. Right after Easter Break we read two of the most frequently anthologized American short stories: Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and Ursula Le Guin’s “The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas.”

I realized as I was writing up discussion questions that these two stories have a great deal to say about Easter. Although neither is written from a faith perspective, they explore the universal human experiences of guilt, shame, and fear, and how people attempt to make sense of these powerful emotions.  

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Jesus in the World

Jesus in the World

Post by Kathleen Schwab

A few times a week I walk downtown to run errands. A few days ago, as I headed towards the shops, I thought about a story in Gabrielle Bossis’ World War II era He and I when Bossi returned one day to her Paris home to find it filled with enemy soldiers. They had let themselves in and taken possession while she was out carrying on normal life. It must have been frightening, and she must have felt powerless. In her living room was a statue of Jesus that she normally kept reverentially covered with a cloth, but someone had removed the cloth. When she saw Jesus presiding over the scene, she knew she would be safe, even with her home full of the enemy. The act of uncovering the statue probably meant nothing to the soldiers; they were simply doing a security check. But the sight of Jesus at that moment told Gabrielle that He was watching over her. She had the eyes to see God in a situation where no one else was aware.

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