'Meditation' Tagged Posts

'Meditation' Tagged Posts

An Easter Message

Rev. Steve Holm, retired pastor and Spirit in the Desert daily devotions writer, shares the good news of Christ’s resurrection in a scripture-based Easter message for a pandemic-weary world.

Daily Devotions

Amos 5:18-20  “Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord! Why do you want the day of the Lord? It is darkness, not light; as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear…” vss. 18-19a When Amos spoke of the “day of the Lord” he was thinking of that time when God would break into our human existence with power and might, something like the apocalypse mentioned in other parts of scripture. He’s telling…

Daily Devotions: August 3, 2020

August 3, 2020  1 Kings 19:9-18 … “and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.” vss. 11b-12  Elijah had fled for his life and was hiding in a cave when the word came to him that the Lord was about to pay a visit. He leaves his shelter and endures in…

Daily Devotions: July 21, 2019

July 21, 2019  For full passage click: Luke 10:41-42 …“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’” vss. 41-42 It’s not unusual to be overwhelmed by distractions in our fast-paced world. Tasks and responsibilities related to work and leisure come at us from every direction every day. And always, there’s that cultural…

Daily Devotions: June 5, 2019

June 5, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 104:31-34, 35b …“May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the Lord.” vs. 34 Meditation is a foreign notion to many followers of Jesus. Often, they have associated the practice with eastern religions and aren’t comfortable dabbling in that which is not familiar. Obviously that was not the case with the psalmist. He’s been meditating on the wonders of creation and trusts that the Lord will be pleased. His…

Daily Devotions: March 2, 2019

March 2, 2019                                                                                                            For full passage click: Luke 9:28-32 …“And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.” vs. 29 Jesus had invited the inner core of his disciples to join him on the mountain for prayer, but it appears they came more as observers than participants. The kind of meditation that Jesus practiced was intense and involved more than going through a list of friends and family that were having problems.…

Daily Devotions: February 19, 2019

February 19, 2019 For full passage click: Psalm 37:1-11 …“Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him; do not fret over those who prosper in their way, over those who carry out evil devices. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret—it leads only to evil.” vss. 7-8 The psalmist speaks from experience. He’s likely had a lifetime of walking in the way of the Lord and he’s learned some things about the journey. As we overhear…

Daily Devotions: September 10, 2018

September 10, 2018 Isaiah 50:4-9a  …“The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward.” vs. 5 The prophet was grateful that God had called him to teach and he gladly used his gift to bring comfort to the weary. But he had also been gifted with humility. He knew that his wisdom was limited and if he was going to be a good teacher he had to learn to listen. Every day…