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Author Archive: Nancy Schmitt

H.O.P.E. for Just Such a Time as This

H.O.P.E. for Just Such a Time as This

“For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this.” –Esther 4:14 The book of Esther is an Old […]

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  March 4, 2019   No comments
O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

“Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope.” –Romans 12:9-12a Currently, the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church is meeting […]

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  February 25, 2019   No comments
We are the Body of Christ

We are the Body of Christ

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the […]

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  February 18, 2019   No comments
Hope in our Life Together

Hope in our Life Together

“But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” –Lamentations 3:21-23 We are less than two weeks away from the Special General Conference of The United Methodist Church that […]

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  February 11, 2019   No comments
Frozen Thankfulness

Frozen Thankfulness

“God is my strength and my shield; in God my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to God.” –Psalm 28:7 If you are reading this, then you endured what was called a polar vortex of record-setting sub-zero temperatures and wind chills that at times […]

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  February 4, 2019   No comments
Help is on the Way

Help is on the Way

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.” –Psalm 46:1-2a I rarely use the self checkout lines at the grocery store. I usually go through the check out that has a living, breathing clerk scanning the price codes on my groceries and weighing my produce. I always […]

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  January 28, 2019   No comments
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