Blessed are the Peacemakers

My prayers this week are two-fold. On one hand, I'm praying for our nation. Every time I see the news, I'm reminded of the violence and hatred that torments and threatens to tear our nation apart. On the other hand, I'm praying for our children. After a few days of Vacation Bible School, I have a picture of yellow-clad children singing in the sanctuary, running in the gym, sharing in the love of God. When I struggle to hold onto hope for the future, I look at the faces of little ones. These little ones trust that big ones - the ones wearing orange shirts - will figure things out. These little ones trust that big ones will do what's necessary and what's right. "Blessed are the peacema

Renewed by the Rain

"Let us know, let us press on to know the Lord; his appearing is as sure as the dawn; he will come to us like the showers, like the spring rains that water the earth.” - Hosea 6:3 It's starting to rain (again) as I write this week's devotion. Two thoughts immediately come to mind. The first is a song called "Blame It On the Rain" by a goofy '80s band called Milli Vanili. The second is this Scripture from an obscure Old Testament prophet named Hosea. God uses Hosea to call out the people of God for their rebellion. Long story short - God calls Hosea to marry an unfaithful woman named Gomer. God wants Gomer's unfaithfulness to Hosea to remind the Israelites of their own unfaith

True Beauty

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. We brought our dog in for a haircut recently. When we dropped him off, he was a big ball of furry fluff. When we picked him up, he was sleek and smooth. Before, he was just the Hong family dog. Now, he is the head-turning, "Rico Suave" dog. It's easy to overlook the inner beauty and value of others. We get so caugh

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