DEVOTIONS & DRAMAS

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018, Psalm 74

Yet God my King is from of old, working salvation in the earth. You divided the sea by your might, you broke the heads of the dragons in the waters. (v. 12, 13)

God’s timing is not ours. When we make our needs known in prayer, rarely does God swoop down like a superhero or charge in like a knight in shining armor. Some of the images in Psalm 74 strike me as more fitting to a fantasy novel than the bible.

All too often, we expect that God will slay our dragons for us.

This psalm reminds us that while our lives may be filled with metaphorical dragons and “the dark places of the land are full of the haunts of violence” (v.20b) that God has not left us to fight our battles alone. God remembers promises. Israel had been conquered by foreign powers, but God had not abandoned its people. God continued listening to their prayers and offer hope for the future even when their leaders were on the wrong path. Even as God provided ongoing courage and strength to Israel, God will be with us today to allay our anxieties and fears whatever “dragons” we may face. 

 

Mighty God, calm my fears as I face my everyday dragons. Amen.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Luke 1:26-38

Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” (v.38a)

 

Not everyone’s call to serve God comes as directly as Mary’s. Angel visitations are fairly rare in these times. Most calls come as a result of life circumstances. On family occasions, Tom observed many of his wife’s relatives responding to emergencies as a part of the local volunteer fire department. It wasn’t long before he got in on the family tradition. Shortly after, Tom decided to become a First Responder to assist the Emergency Medical Technicians on the ambulance. Then, he furthered his education to become an EMT-Paramedic himself. This was all in addition to his full-time job as an engineer.

 

Eventually, he left engineering to pursue nursing as a career. Through the years, many members of his church have shared how much comfort it brings to them to see Tom’s face when they find themselves in the hospital emergency room. “I was raised by my parents to help others and to give back to your community,” says Tom. “By instilling this quality in me I have become the person I am today. You might say God called me through the beliefs of my parents.” Tom found his calling through his life’s circumstances. How might God be calling you?

 

O God, open my ears and my heart to your call that I may echo Mary’s words, “Here I am, I am your servant.” AMEN.

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MOUNTAINTOP EXPERIENCES

A Lenten series

By: Elizabeth Ann Jaeger

Here’s a peek at the peaks! This series featuring various biblical mountains stars famed mountaineer Sir Everest Hillervalley with various biblical characters. Included are: 1. Mount Ararat 2. Mount Moriah 3. Mount Sinai 4. Mount Carmel 5. The Sermon on the Mount 6. The Mount of Olives  7. Mount Calvary – A bonus script for Good Friday featuring the seven last words of Christ on the cross. Includes ideas for PowerPoint enhancements.

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© 2017 by Elizabeth A. Jaeger