E-DEVOTION FOR THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3
          “The angel said to her, 'Don't be afraid, Mary. God has been gracious to you.”
          I love the song, “Be Not Afraid.” The words speak to me of a time of transition. Moving from one, probably 'comfortable' place to a new experience. I have heard that it is a song that is often sung on death row as someone is on that journey.
          Going on in our Advent walk we discover the angel is still with Mary. She has just been told that she is the 'favored' one. It's startling for her to have this visit from the angel. I think we all would be equally alarmed! But the angel says those comforting words... “Don't be afraid.”
          The words of the song, Be Not Afraid, go like this: “Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come follow me and I will give you rest.” 
          Have you ever found yourself truly afraid? I have. As a child, I was afraid of the dark. I remember having to cross the yard to the barn on a dark night... no stars, no moon. And then realizing that my father was walking ahead of me and even though I could barely see his figure, I could follow him.
          We're going through some uncharted waters this Advent. Some are finding that Christmas may not be at all as they imagined. Some are 'afraid' of that big, ugly virus that just seems to keep moving around us. Some are afraid that life as we knew it may never be the same again.
          And then this Advent message comes to us... “Don't be afraid! God has been gracious to you.” This God who sends the angel is the God who goes before us and is with us each and every day, giving us comfort. We are not alone. Just as God sent that angel to Mary with those words... God sends angels to us each and every day to carry us on our journey. So, follow Mary's lead... even though the questions loom before us... we are not afraid.
          Take time on your Advent walk this year to read the story in Luke over and over again and you too, will find yourself strengthened and empowered... just as Mary did.
          By the way... wear a mask. Wash your hands, fold them, and bow your head. Give thanks. And BE NOT AFRAID.
          Pray with me: “Dear Lord, we are so grateful for your presence. Just as Mary found the courage to face the unknown, we too, find that same courage. Let us look for the angels among us and... better yet, let us BE the angels for others.”  Amen. In Jesus's Name, Amen.
          Pastor Ken Nyhusmoen

 

Sign up for E Updates

Please click on a date below to open a pdf for that day's update.

December 2, 2020 

December 1, 2020 | November 27, 2020

November 26, 2020 | November 25, 2020

November 24, 2020 | November 19, 2020

November 17, 2020 | November 13, 2020

November 12, 2020 | November 11, 2020

November 10, 2020 | November 6, 2020

November 5, 2020 | November 4, 2020

November 3, 2020 | October 30, 2020

October 29, 2020 | October 28, 2020

October 27, 2020 | October 23, 2020

October 22, 2020 | October 21, 2020

October 20, 2020 | October 16, 2020

October 15, 2020 | October 14, 2020

October 13, 2020 October 9, 2020

October 8, 2020October 7, 2020

October 6, 2020 | October 2, 2020

October 1, 2020  | September 30, 2020

September 29, 2020 | September 25, 2020

September 24, 2020 | September 23, 2020

September 22, 2020 | September 18, 2020

September 17, 2020 | September 16, 2020

September 15, 2020 | September 11, 2020

September 10, 2020 | September 9, 2020

September 8, 2020 | September 4, 2020

September 3, 2020 | September 2, 2020

September 1, 2020 | August 28, 2020

August 27, 2020 | August 26, 2020

August 25, 2020 | August 21, 2020

August 20, 2020 |  August 19, 2020

August 18, 2020 | August 14, 2020

August 13, 2020 | August 12, 2020

August 11, 2020 | August 7, 2020  

August 6, 2020 | August 4, 2020

July 31, 2020 | July 30, 2020 | July 29, 2020

July 28, 2020 | July 24, 2020 | July 23, 2020

July 22, 2020 | July 20, 2020 | July 18, 2020

July 16, 2020 |July 14, 2020 | July 12, 2020

July 10, 2020 | July 8, 2020 | July 6, 2020

July 4, 2020 | July 2, 2020 | June 30,2020 |

June 28, 2020 | June 26, 2020 | June 24, 2020

June 22, 2020 | June 21, 2020 | June 20, 2020

June 19, 2020 | June 18, 2020 | June 17, 2020

June 16, 2020 | June 15, 2020 | June 14, 2020 

June 13, 2020 | June 12, 2020 | June 11, 2020

June 10, 2020 | June 9, 2020 | June 8, 2020

June 7, 2020 | June 6, 2020 | June 5, 2020

June 4, 2020 | June 3, 2020 | June 2, 2020

June 1, 2020 | May 31. 2020 | May 30, 2020

May 29, 2020 | May 28, 2020 | May 27, 2020

May 26, 2020 | May 25, 2020 | May 24, 2020

May 23, 2020 | May 22, 2020May 21, 2020

May 20, 2020 | May 19, 2020 | May 18, 2020

May 17, 2020 | May 16, 2020 | May 15, 2020

May 14, 2020 | May 13, 2020 | May 12, 2020

May 11, 2020 | May 10, 2020 | May 9, 2020

May 8, 2020 | May 7, 2020 | May 6, 2020

May 5, 2020 | May 4, 2020 | May 3, 2020

May 2, 2020 | May 1, 2020 | April 30, 2020

April 29, 2020 | April 28, 2020 | April 27, 2020

April 26, 2020 | April 25, 2020 | April 24, 2020

April 23, 2020 | April 22, 2020 | April 21, 2020

April 20, 2020 | April 19, 2020 | April 18, 2020

April 17, 2020 | April 16, 2020 | April 15, 2020

April 14, 2020 | April 13, 2020 | April 12, 2020

April 11, 2020 | April 10, 2020 | April 9, 2020

April 8, 2020 | April 7, 2020 | April 6, 2020

April 5, 2020 | April 4, 2020 | April 3, 2020

April 2, 2020 | April 1, 2020 | March 31, 2020

March 30, 2020 | March 29, 2020

March 28, 2020 | March 27, 2020

March 26, 2020 | March 25, 2020

March 24, 2020 | March 23, 2020

March 22, 2020 | March 21, 2020

March 20, 2020 | March 19, 2020