Category Archives: Dev: Mysteries of Faith

In the Midst of Tragedy, Be Still and Know

(If you are just joining us, please refer to the blog post for the first week of Advent for background on this post.) There are no words to capture the depth of the tragedy in Connecticut this past Friday. The pain, the loss, the devastation – it is all so incomprehensible. These are the times… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Trinity Sunday

As you can see, my blog is quite neglected these days, the victim of a book deadline. But the good news is that field testing on Chapter One of the book begins tomorrow, so I am making progress! I have a group of people at my church who are testing the material, along with a… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: He Is Not Here

Oh!  I’m so glad you’ve come!  You won’t believe what’s happened!  I can hardly believe it, myself. Mary and I got up early this morning to come to the tomb.  We haven’t slept well since Friday.  Like everyone else, we’ve been so distraught, so lost.  So we decided to bring spices and anoint Jesus’ body.  We needed something to… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Come and Behold Him!

Welcome! You must have heard the news!  Though I’m not surprised.  When the shepherds left they were so filled with joy that they ran about town hoopin’ and hollerin’, sharing the good news and encouraging others to come here.  I don’t blame them; I mean, this is pretty incredible, and to think that he was born… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Resurrection

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!  We have come through the darkness and devastation of Good Friday, through the uncertainty of Holy Saturday, and are met with the glorious news of Christ’s resurrection on Easter!  We give thanks for the Lord our God, who loves us so much that he took on our sins, died for… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Ascension of Jesus

This week’s prayer bead devotion focuses on the time when Jesus ascended into heaven, as described in Acts 1:6 – 11. Cross: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. Invitatory Bead: “When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Jesus’ Appearances to His Disciples

This morning my husband, Max, preached about Christ’s third appearance to his disciples, when he asked Peter three times if he loved him (leaving Peter very perplexed!).  I thought it would be interesting to look at all three appearances that Christ made to his disciples following the resurrection.  Doing so helps us to understand what… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Resurrection

My sincere apologies for the delay in posting this devotion.  I especially hate that I left you with a posting on evil and Good Friday and did not have a chance to celebrate the Resurrection with you on Easter.  But I hope you have had a good Easter week and will enjoy this week’s prayer bead devotion,… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: God the Holy Spirit

Today’s devotion is focused on God the Holy Spirit, and is a continuation of our exploration of the Trinity.  As I explained last week, I’m giving you two devotions this week so that Sunday’s devotion can be devoted to Palm Sunday and Holy Week.  In this devotion, each of the prayers of the Cruciform Beads is… Continue Reading