Posts from November 2021

Posts from November 2021

Advent Prayer Answered

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20). It was Advent. Students at one of our Area Lutheran High Schools had chosen “Come, Lord Jesus!” as the theme for their chapel services. The words appeared on a large banner for everyone to see. In those worship services they heard again about the three comings of Christ: As a child at Bethlehem; through Word and Sacrament today; and finally, when he…

Benefits-A Thanksgiving Devotion

Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits. (Psalm 103:2) I pulled an old book off the shelf today. It was the Abridged Treasury of Prayers, given to my parents in 1948. It must have been among the items given to me after my parents died. As I casually flipped through the pages, a rose petal fell out. I recalled that my mother often did this-putting rose petals between the pages of favorite books. I began looking…

King of Kings

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. (John 19:15). They didn’t mean what they said. They spoke out of spite. Their answer was shocking. It became a death sentence. “We have no king but Caesar!” Those words reveal a level of tragedy surpassed only by the cry, “His blood be upon us and our children!” What would King David have said about this traitor-like answer? He and others fought many…

Whispering Hope

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the…

Pharmacist’s Mate
2nd Class Ethel Christeson

“What Are Your Orders, Sir?” On September 2, 2021, Ethel Christeson, a member of Bethany Lutheran in Port Orchard, WA. celebrated her 99th birthday. A longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Ethel headed back to college in New York City back in 1941. She was 19. Her first time in New York, her first time so far away from home, an exciting life seemed to lie ahead of her. Late in her first semester, on December 7, the Imperial Japanese…

Cursed No More

See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse” (Malachi 4:5). It seems the world is far too comfortable with the idea of a curse. Cursing has become a human habit. It might damn everything from a coffee spill…