OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 24

Advent Day 24 - Tuesday, December 19 The alarm went off, beckoning me toward a day I preferred not face. Coffee silently cheered me on as I tried to ready for the world on the outside even if I didn’t feel it on the inside. Life sometimes does this: Circumstance...

OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 23

Advent Day 23 - Monday, December 18 I have often stopped to give thanks and praise to God for what he has done. I grew up on a farm in north central South Dakota with my parents and two younger brothers. Mom and Dad were married in 1930 and rural life was challenging,...

OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 21

Advent Day 21 - Saturday, December 16 God truly does make his presence known and deeply felt in the midst of our most difficult pain. This past summer was a very emotionally charged one for our family; we were expecting our second child in mid-July and my grandma’s...

OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 20

Advent Day 20 - Friday, December 15 At times of the unexpected, I am at first always taken back by the fear that often comes with the announcement of such an unanticipated event. Mary seemed to take the news of her pregnancy without a great deal of fear, as described...

OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 19

Advent Day 19 – Thursday, December 14 On my middle-school mission trip to Kenosha this year, I saw God in a lot of places. One of those places was a nursing home I served at. I have been in a nursing home before, on a past mission trip to Duluth. The nursing...