Reverend Dr. Jo Forrest

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Resilience and Hope Daily Devotional

November 3, 2020 John begins his Gospel with that image, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” Being even more specific, Jesus says it of himself, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” [...]


Resilience and Hope Daily Devotional

November 2, 2020 The persistent trauma of living as though the virus could catch us at any time (which is true) only adds a layer of anxiety under our daily routine. Rather than give in to the basic animal instinct of fight, flight or freeze, we can change our physiology with simple breathing, allowing [...]


Resilience and Hope Daily Devotional

November 1, 2020 Those who are receiving gratitude devotions in their inbox will continue to receive devotions on resilience and hope. If you are not on our list and would like to be, please sign up here. Thank you for your ongoing support of the daily devotionals. Since we began this ministry on Ash [...]


October 31—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Stephen Colbert Thankfully, dreams can change. If we'd all be stuck with our first dream, the world would be over run with cowboys and princesses. Let Us Pray: I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you [...]


October 30—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Don Farnsworth I am an early riser. One of the first things I do while the coffee is brewing is to flip the "Day by Day" to read the new entry. Sometimes the writings are inspirational, sometimes humorous, but always are welcome to help start my day. I am grateful to the many [...]


October 29—Gratitude Daily Devotional

G.K. Chesterton You say grace before meals.  All right.  But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the [...]


October 28—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Marilyn Winchester As Dave and I get older we are so grateful to “visit” church each Sunday. Thank you for our ministers and the music with the service. Such a beautiful duet last Sunday!  All the voices are uplifting! Let Us Pray: Thanks be to God for our church family. Amen. [...]


October 27—Gratitude Daily Devotional

Jo Forrest My mornings always start with a cup of coffee. I’m not picky about the brand or way brewed; instant often serves the purpose. The simple cup brings a smile as I recall my first taste of coffee in Guthrie Center, barely flavored water from my depression era grandmother to the myriad [...]