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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

We Are The Ones

We Are The Ones

…and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” –Micah 6:8 In the conclusion of the book God’s Politics, by Jim Wallis, he speaks about a young African American woman named Lisa Sullivan, who died suddenly of a rare heart condition […]

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  January 21, 2019   No comments
Remnants of Christmas

Remnants of Christmas

“The surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward; for from Jerusalem a remnant shall go out, and from Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this.” –Isaiah 37:31-32 I enjoy the season of having Christmas decorations up at […]

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  January 14, 2019   No comments
Letting God’s Light Shine

Letting God’s Light Shine

“When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and honored him. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” –Matthew 2:10-11 Yesterday, January 6th, was the Day of Epiphany, which is the […]

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  January 7, 2019   No comments
Every Day a Gift

Every Day a Gift

“To everything there is a season, and a time to every matter under heaven.” –Ecclesiastes 3:1 On this New Year’s Eve, we are on the threshold of a fresh set of days. Tomorrow, we begin another 365 days of a new year. Each of those 365 days is a gift from God and each day […]

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  December 31, 2018   No comments
Live in Joy … Act in Hope

Live in Joy … Act in Hope

“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing.” –Isaiah 35:1-2a For the last many years at Christmas, I have pulled out a book of poems I have on my bookshelf. One of the poems is […]

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  December 24, 2018   No comments
The Days are Surely Coming

The Days are Surely Coming

“The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” –Jeremiah […]

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  December 17, 2018   No comments
Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” –John 1:4-5 As we move through this second week of the Advent season, we start to hear more about the light of Christ coming […]

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  December 10, 2018   No comments
Prepare

Prepare

“A voice cries out: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.’” –Isaiah 40:3 Advent has arrived again and is our yearly time to prepare for the coming of God as Emmanuel—God with us. The name Advent derives from the Latin word for ‘coming,’ […]

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  December 3, 2018   No comments
In the End is our Beginning

In the End is our Beginning

“’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘the one who is and was and is coming, the Almighty.’” –Revelation 1:8 The poet T.S. Elliott once wrote, “In the end is our beginning.” This too is the truth of our Christian faith. In the Christian life the beginning and the end are […]

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  November 26, 2018   No comments
Be Alert to Blessings

Be Alert to Blessings

“The Lord’s word came to me saying, ‘I will give them and those around my hill a blessing by sending the rain in its season. They will be showers of blessing.” –Ezekiel 34:26 In this week that includes Thanksgiving Day, perhaps we are reflecting more closely on the blessings in our lives. In a book […]

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  November 19, 2018   No comments