Rebecca Hagelin and her husband, Andy, have been married for over twenty years and are parents of three teenagers. They reside in the Washington, DC area.
This Thursday is Emancipation Day. Its the 153rd anniversary of the day President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, which freed the thousands of slaves who lived in Washington, D.C.
Churches were full last Sunday morning. People around the world, many hungry for the hope of new life, flocked into chapels to hear the Easter story. It is a good story.
Darkness fell across the land and the man they thought would be their savior cried out in a loud voice, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
The crowds that normally pressed in tight around him made way, decorating the dusty ground with the shirts off their backs and branches freshly cut from palm trees.
Jesus often taught through metaphors and parables, using tangible truths to shed light on spiritual matters.
Jesus picked twelve mentwelve ordinary, imperfect, unimpressive menand bet his life upon them.
How many of us have boxes or hard drives filled with pictures and home videosthose precious moments we captured on film because we wanted to always remember; yet weve rarely, if ever, looked back?
If you showed up at an Ash Wednesday service last week, chances are you heard the word repentance quite a few times.
This is AshWednesday, marking the first day of Lent.
Sitting by a fire on the beach of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus asked Peter, Do you love me? Perhaps you know the story. Peter replied, You know I love you.
When a friend loses a loved one and you want to comfort him, but dont know where to begin; when youre truly sorry but know your words wont make the wrong "right"; when that emotion you feel is so powerful but the four letters in love seem so small.....When your words are needed most - you begin to fear their inadequacy
Why do bad things happen?
If youve spent much time in church, you have likely often heard the first verse from Psalm 42.
We know the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose legacy we celebrate as a nation in just a few days.
So you made a New Years resolution just a week ago and youve already broken it. Welcome to the club.
Empty lines on dated pages are set, ready and waiting to be filled with the black ink and pencil marks that shape the year as our lives fill the days.
Moses wanted more of God. He wanted to understand him, to know him intimately. So he prayed, If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor.
This time of year, lights strung up around our homes proclaim a warm welcome, usher us into the firelight, the flickering candlelight, the colorful glow of family trees. The lights elicit an exciting sense of hope; they help ready us for the coming holiday.
He gave up Heaven, power and honor in exchange for a dirty feeding trough, helplessness and a cross.
Waiting for peace; hoping for joy; anticipating something wonderful. All of creation waits in earnest for the time of salvation.