As Amy Grant Would Say, "Hope Has Come"

Dear Friends, As I looked at my calendar this morning, I realized Christmas is less than a week away. After I got over the initial panic, I started thinking about the significance of this holiday. Christmas is the day we celebrate the moment when the world was introduced to Jesus Christ. As I've been thinking about that, I've been pondering what life was like for God's people before Jesus came. I imagine that, in many ways, God seemed distant to His followers. He was kept in the Holy of Holies in the temple, accessible only to the high priests. That meant worshipers had to make their offerings and then leave, wondering whether or not their sacrifices were acceptable. This uncertainty m

Unchanging

Dear Friends, Dealing with death is not easy for any of us. It doesn’t matter if the death is sudden and unexpected, or the culmination of a long illness. The truth is, we all struggle with letting go of those we love. And it seems that when tragedy comes into our lives there’s usually the initial shock, which many of us can deal with through sheer force of will - but then afterwards comes the reality of life without our loved one. And that reality can shake us to our very core, as we find ourselves wondering, “What now? How will I survive?” The good news is, as we wrestle with the reality of life without our loved one, God’s grace can help us. Here’s what I mean: deep loss reminds us th

Authentic

Dear Friends, If you’ve been keeping up with these devotionals, then you know that last week one of the women from our church was murdered. It has been a difficult few days for our church and community, but as we’ve walked through this tragedy, I’ve been reminded of how thankful I am for the fellowship of other believers. Now, I know as soon as I say that I create confusion for some of you because Christians tend to throw the word “fellowship” around quite a bit, and so it’s hard to know what we mean by it. For example, we encourage folks to “fellowship” after church - meaning stand around after church and talk to each other. But a lot of churches also have a room called “Fellowship Hall”

In The Midst Of Loss

Dear Friends, Last night a woman from our church was murdered. Her name was Angie, and from the little we know about what happened, she and a friend got into an argument - and the friend stabbed her to death. And it all happened in front of Angie’s three small children. I will admit that the news has been hard to take in. As a pastor, I’m comforted by the memory of conversations I had with Angie about her relationship with God. Angie had a rough life that was marked by addiction and physical abuse. And she hadn’t recovered from all of that. But she regularly told me that she knew God loved her, even though she wasn’t perfect. And almost every time I saw her, she would share with me so

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Random thoughts and ponderings on life and faith from a recovering sinner.

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Daniel May - husband, father, pastor, grocer, Packers fan, and above-mentioned recovering sinner.

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