“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Matthew 5:3 NRSV
Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.… Read the rest “The Color of Easter – a devotion by Marci McGowan”
Weeds, debris, and trees, oh my!
If God didn’t think twice about taking pruning … shears to the natural branches, why would he hesitate over you? He wouldn’t give it a second thought. Make sure you stay alert to these qualities of gentle kindness and ruthless severity that exist side by side in God—ruthless with the deadwood, gentle with the grafted shoot. Read the rest “A Lenten Pause: The Master Gardener – a devotion by Marci McGowan”
The changing of the guard is always hard;
whether it be in civilian, religious, or military life.
It is to ourselves that we must first show mercy.
At the retreat center where I work, we are getting a new “gatekeeper.” This is the main security person who works at the front gate.…
Read the rest “The Changing of the Guard: A Lenten Preface”
Life in a Jar: The Irene Sendler Project
“Rescuing the Rescuer” By Jack Mayer
Book Review by Marci McGowan
Poetry by Marci McGowan
It is so important to remember Psalm 34:18, The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in Spirit.…
Read the rest “Life in a Jar – A Book Review with Poetry by Marci McGowan”
Psalm 148: 5 Praise him, sun and moon, praise him.
Psa lm:104:20 The moon keeps track of the seasons, the sun is in charge of each day.
… Isaiah 55: 6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Read the rest “TOTALITY, A Devotion by Marci McGowan”
God holds me head and shoulders above all who try to pull me down. I’m headed for his place to offer anthems that will raise the roof! Already I’m singing God-songs ; I’m making music to God.
Psalm 27:6, The Message Bible
Easter Sunday, March 23, 2008, was an exciting day at our church-- and a time that to this day affects how I see Easter season when it comes around each year.…
Read the rest “The Mimes of Easter Times, a Devotion by Marci McGowan”
Resilience (noun) from The American Heritage Dictionary
1. the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness:
2. the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape;
3. elasticity: "nylon is excellent in wearability and resilience"the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness:
Lamentations 3: 25-27 (from the Message Bible) … God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks. Read the rest “Resilience, a Devotion from Marci McGowan”
… “The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.” Read the rest “Comfort and Hope in Conflict: a devotion by Marci McGowan”
But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ.… Read the rest “A Lenten Pause, a devotional by Marci McGowan”