All posts by gailjohnsen

Christmas – The Initiative of God

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son….” Gal. 4:4 “God comes to us like the sun in the morning…when it is time. We must assume an attitude of waiting, accepting the fact that we are creatures and not the creator. We must do this because it is not our right to ...

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An Interrupted Life

God’s grace comes often in severe ways to open our eyes to a greater reality that we have yet experienced. Our part is to be open to it and let it transform us. In speaking about Mary the mother of Jesus, Craig Barnes writes, “God has interrupted our ordinary expectations, as cherished as they were, ...

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Winter in Our Soul

  Last night we witnessed a total eclipse and today is the winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere…the shortest day of the year.  We often live in similar moments, even seasons, when the darkness seems to overtake the light.  Darkness that has settled in our souls can overshadow any glimmer of hope. Living by faith ...

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A Time for Courage

“As it turns out, Advent is a time for courage. Beyond gentle images of beautiful angels, lowing cattle, and an expectant mother, we are called to be aware of the darkness in us and around us. We are encouraged not to run from these realities by hiding our heads in the sand, but to be ...

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Today..The Big Reveal

Today at Faith, as part of our celebration of Christ’s coming, we are participating in The Big Reveal. It’s a culmination of The Big Give and The Big Go…where we, like Jesus went outside the walls that have separated us from those whom he loves and we gave. We gave of our finances, our time, ...

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Waiting in the Midst of Our Fears

“Waiting is not a very popular attitude.  Waiting is not something that people think about with great sympathy.  In fact, most people consider waiting a waste of time.  Perhaps this is because the culture in which we live is basically saying, “Get going! Do something! Show you are able to make a difference! Don’t just ...

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Re-Gifting

Everyone’s done it.  Few are willing to admit it.  Yet, we might as well come clean.  At some point or another we’ve all…re-gifted.  For whatever reason, it became more expedient to “pass on” a gift given to us.  There’s no shame in that.  In fact, it’s Biblical! The fact is, all of life is a ...