“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

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-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

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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!…

Milestones, a Devotion by Marci McGowan

Mile Marker MarciI know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out.
Plans to take care of you, not abandon you,
plans to give you the future you hoped for.
      -Jeremiah 29:11   The Message Bible


The year 2015 is a huge milestone year in my family.…

The Give-Away Box, a Devotional by Marci McGowan

Nativity LxV Yorck_B_020-medium“Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master.

A Uniform Matter, a devotion by Marci McGowan

SmokyMountainFallLeaves wikiAnd the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
full of grace and truth.
We have beheld his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father.
                                                                                  -John 1:14   (Revised Standard Version)

A Uniform Matter:  Fall at the Retreat Center

During the month of October it gets really busy at the Christian retreat center that I work at as a housekeeper.…

Prayer for those affected by South Korean Ferry Sewol disaster

As we hear the sad news about this disasterScreen shot 2014-04-16 at 7.10.02 PM, we offer this humble prayer:
Gracious and loving God, our hearts are breaking as we hear the news unfolding of the tragic sinking of the ferry Sewol from South Korea, carrying hundreds of high school youth, and many of them feared lost.…