Lakota Advent 2

by Lenore Three Stars Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ … (I Peter 1:3) As the words flowed from  Greg Yee’s sermon on the hope of Advent, one phrase…

Waiting for Jesus in the dark

By Leeann Younger “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”-Isaiah 43:19a My answer to this question today, on the second day of Advent, 2017, is “no.” I definitely cannot perceive God’s “new thing.” During Advent we anticipate the coming of the One who is Light to…

Help My Unbelief

By Cathy Norman Peterson After 9/11 I remember tearing up listening to the words of “America the Beautiful.” In those days of shared national tragedy and mourning, asking God to shed his grace on all of us together was a prayer that rose up from the depths of darkness and ashes. It felt appropriate and…

No matter who’s in the White House

By Leeann R, Younger Well, thank God it’s finally over.  Eighteen months of campaign speeches and debates and political commercials have FINALLY come to a screeching halt.  Last Tuesday you may have seen your candidate rise in victory. Or you may have seen your candidate go down in defeat. If you are a third-party supporter,…

When what you fear is true

“Despite (or because of) privilege, we live in a dangerous world of brutality, force, and threat. We are surrounded by terrorism, war, abuse, exploitation, and death. Evil is rampant, and fear too easily pervades. Despair overtakes us when we realize that our lives are not free of danger. Yet we are not always the innocent…