Lent, Brokenness, Hope and Healing : a devotional by Marci McGowan

Psalm 147: 3-6  The Message Altar and cross in the front of the Callaway Chapel 2015(MSG)

God‛s the one who rebuilds Jerusalem,
who regathers Israel‛s scattered exiles.
He heals the heartbroken
and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength;
we‛ll never comprehend what he knows and does.

Blue Christmas, a tool box, and the comfort dogs, A Devotional by Marci McGowan

comfort dogs MMc Mercy, Rosie, and Jewel

"Comfort dogs" Mercy, Rosie and Jewel, photo by Marci McGowan

All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.

Worshipfully, a devotion by Marci McGowan

Marci Devotional Nov 2015

It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God. Your worship must engage your spirit in the pursuit of truth. That’s the kind of people the Father is out looking for: those who are simply and honestly themselves before him in their worship.

“Head of the Year?” A devotion about time by Marci McGowan

Rose IMG_2143For many Christians in the Western part of the world, the church's new year will soon be here, beginning with the first day of Advent.   The date moves year to year but is always the fourth Sunday before Christmas.  This year that day is Sunday, November 29, 2015.…

The Fabric of Peace, thoughts on September 11, 2015

The Fabric of Peace, written September 11, 2015

Today we remember 14 years ago
and Peace’s fabric ripped into shreds;
Innocent lives gone in an instant, or longer;
Brave lives given that others might live, in defiance
of the incomprehensible will of the life-takers.…

What’s in Your Bag? A devotion by Marci McGowan, July 28, 2015

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Matthew 10:10
Don't take a traveling bag for the trip, a change of clothes, sandals, or a walking stick. After all, the worker deserves to have his needs met.   -from God's Word Translation

Where I live in North Carolina, USA, right now it's summer and it is hot.…

“Ora Et Labora,” ( Work and Prayer ), a devotion by Marci McGowan

Milk MMcG

-James 2:18-26,  The Message, selected passages:

I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.” Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works.

Paid in Full, a devotion by Marci McGowan

Paid in Full stampYour life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to you out of that dead end, empty­headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ's sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb.

HEART, a devotional poem by Marci McGowan

Heart1-001   Heart

Red heart
loving heart
grieving heart
laughing heart
receiving heart
forgiving heart
smiling heart

72 parts of the heart
troubled heart
hurting heart
hospital heart
caring heart

aging heart
testing heart
playful heart
retrieving heart

blessing heart
praying heart
healthy heart
smart heart
hearing heart

resting heart
peaceful heart
mindful heart
Spiritual heart
Singing heart!…