Daily Devotional

Post-Easter Letdown
Posted by Judy Hockenberry on

“It is the Lord who goes before you. God will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”    Deuteronomy 31:8  Moses speaks these words to Joshua, just after Moses learns that it will be Joshua and not Moses who leads the...

Wrestling
Posted by Alex Lang on

"Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. Then he said, “Let me go, for the day is breaking.” But Jacob...

Recreation
Posted by TC Anderson on

I have been, through no desire of my own, been going on more walks with my wife lately.  There I will be, enjoying my puzzles, books, or Netflix, and suddenly, “We should go on a walk!” I’ll hear her say, very excitedly.  “The sun out, it looks beautiful! ...

All Things Bright and Beautiful
Posted by Adam Hendrickson on

Have you noticed the night sky lately? There is something different about it. Having grown up on a farm in a remote part of Indiana, viewing the magnificent, celestial bodies on a clear night is not something new for me. However, after living in the Chicagoland area for over ten years now, a...

This is Love
Posted by Katy Allen on

If you ever need to hear a voice In the middle of the night When it seems so black outside That you can't remember light Ever shone on you or the ones you love In this or another lifetime And the voice you need to hear Is the true and the trusted kind With a soft, familiar rhythm In these...

The Season for Suffering
Posted by Judy Hockenberry on

“And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has...

The One True Constant
Posted by Alex Lang on

  "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  - 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NRSV)   I hope that you had a joyful Easter celebration yesterday. I am...

Good Friday
Posted by TC Anderson on

There are two times on the Christian Calendar that are really difficult for me: Advent and Good Friday. Good Friday seems like a logical “difficult for me” kind of time, with us mourning the betrayal of Jesus, his death on the cross, his disciples abandoning him, etc., but this...

This Will Be Our Answer
Posted by Adam Hendrickson on

Hello First Pres Family! As I am writing this on Tuesday, I thought it important to share that I did my daily walk outside in shorts! The warmth of the sun is a precious thing.  I have been thinking a lot about what life will look like when this pandemic is behind us. I understand that...

Pepito the Brave
Posted by Katy Allen on

Pepito and his brothers and sisters are bursting out of their nest. The cozy structure that kept them all safe and warm as chicks now can barely contain them. The only home they’ve known has become uncomfortable and cramped, and as birds do, they know it’s time to leave the nest. But...