Thursday, May 7

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5  If you’ve ever studied the five love languages that author Gary Chapman made popular, you know that speaking “words of affirmation” is an effective way to communicate care. For anyone in the church at Thessalonica whose preferred love language is affirmation, Paul’s introduction would have been so welcome. He immediately describes how […]

Friday, May 1

Psalm 62 My Spanish-speaking friends remind me every Advent that the word for “hoping” and the word for “waiting” is the same: esperando. In English, the words somehow diverge. “Waiting” conjures up images of grocery lines, busy signals, and the dreaded three dots in a text message conversation. “Hoping” connotes anticipation, albeit sometimes with unrealistic […]