The Death of a Son

Sarah Seibert

Read: 2 Kings 4:8-37 Did I ask you for a son, my lord? . . . Didn’t I tell you, “Don’t raise my hopes”? (v. 28 NIV) What do you do when the most terrible thing you can imagine happens to someone you love—even, or especially, after you have prayed about it? In today’s Scripture, you can feel the gut-wrenching pain of this mother. We can all resonate with her pain because we all have a story of loss, or …

God in Community

Sarah Seibert

Read: John 14:23-31 The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things. (v. 26) I know that living in community enriches one’s experience, but it sure is a lot of work. Sometimes, I just want to surround myself with what I know and love. I want food that is cooked the way I like it. I want to worship with music that I know and can sing. I want to spend time with …

Slowing Down Enough to Notice

Sarah Seibert

Read: Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God. (v. 1) Sitting in the dark next to the campfire, I looked up and saw a sky filled with stars. I had managed to slip away to go camping and was treasuring the stillness. That afternoon I had watched woodpeckers skirting around the trees and heard the rustle of squirrels through underbrush. It was March, but it felt like October. The trees were bare and the ground littered with leaves. …