OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 28

Advent Day 28 - Saturday, December 23 I have two younger sisters and our families were always very close, even vacationing together for a week each summer. After our parents died we had a disagreement on what to do with the farmland. I’d always heard about families...

OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 27

Advent Day 27 - Friday, December 22 Sometimes during my devotions, I see myself as a small grain of sand among the 108.2 billion other human grains of sand born throughout human history. I visualize my small sandy self in a woodland streambed, on a sunny beach, or in...

OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 26

Advent Day 26 - Thursday, December 21 “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.” Matthew 3:3 The word prepare, in Isaiah 40:3 and Matthew 1:3, is probably the most recognizable use of the word in the Bible. After all, we are now preparing for the second...

OSL Blog: Magnify! Advent Devotional, Day 25

Advent Day 25 - Wednesday, December 20 On the face of it, the idea of “magnifying” God seems ridiculous. After all, to magnify something is to make it appear larger than it is, “to cause to appear greater, more important, or more extreme than is in fact the case,”...

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,...