Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together
SHARING STORIES AND EXPLORING SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley
and Northwest Intermountain Synod.

Devotions – Look for Wednesday posts throughout the summer.

apples on branch

The Apple Tree

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 There is a well-known quote by Martin Luther that circulates from time to time:“If the world were to end tomorrow, and they would tell me that, I would still plant

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holding hands up as hearts

Children of God in Christ

This little gem, although well known, is hidden away in the writings of Paul; and is still timely today in the second decade of this new Century. Before the faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.  So the law was put in charge to lead us

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lion

How Do We Achieve Victory?

One of the scripture readings for June 15 is the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. It sets the scene for Daniel’s experience as a prisoner of the Babylonians. Daniel and three other Israelite prisoners are chosen to work in the king’s service. The Babylonians serve them food that they could not eat if

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older and young face reflections

“God Eyes”

“The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearances, but the LORD looks at the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7) Several years ago I had the opportunity to spend time with a person I had only known for a few years. Our paths had crossed in several classes at church but

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Swedish candletree Augustana

What Does Heaven Smell Like?

A few weeks ago, as I was washing my hands, a random thought entered my brain: “What does heaven smell like?” I stopped what I was doing and tried to figure out what could have triggered that thought – and then I realized it was the aroma of the hand soap I was using. It

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Gothic arches

Forever

A number of years ago, something very good happened in my family. I told my teenage daughters “I will remember this day forever…..” and then I said “…. Unless I get dementia….” My girls burst out laughing from the incongruous juxtaposition of the tender words that began my communication and the stark though precise and

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prayer candles

Tears…(Again!!!)

“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?…Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or

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Memorial Day headstone

Re-Membering

Today, during a trip to the Wood River country where my family resided from the 1890’s through the 1950’s, with three of my cousins on the Schaufelberger side of my family, we stopped in front of the WW II Memorial that sits in front of the old City Hall in Bellevue, Idaho. There, cut in

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man lamenting

Turn to Lament

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,that the mountains would tremble before you!As when fire sets twigs ablazeand causes water to boil,come down to make your name known to your enemiesand cause the nations to quake before you!For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,you came down, and the

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pottery

Poured Out

“The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5) As I carefully picked up the pottery pitcher filled with water, our pastor began to read the “Affirmation of Baptism” that Sunday morning. At her nod, I very slowly poured out the water

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stream

Streams in the Desert

The southern part of Idaho has a desert climate….a place where a mere 13” of rain during an entire year is considered to be average. We rely on snow collecting in the mountains during the winter and early spring. This is the “snow pack”; it is measured and reported about on the nightly news. We

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singing elk

Praise With Creation

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12singing with full voice,‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughteredto receive power and wealth and wisdom and mightand honour and glory and blessing!’ 13Then

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Ministry of month and Wash, Wipe, Wear

WWW and MOM

Wash, Wipe, Wearand Ministry of the Month at Redeemer Lutheran, Boise https://youtu.be/mgfXAxMo3UcOn Wednesdays during the Easter season (April 20 – June 1), TVPrays.org is posting videos from Treasure Valley Cluster ELCA congregations that feature congregational outreach ministries and partners from the community who support or assist these congregations in their ministries.   This week’s video features two

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burning incense

The Prayers of the Saints

In preparing to write this devotion, I checked the lectionary selections for this week and was led to Chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation. The bold imagery pulled me in and I read more. The scene where St. John describes his vision of the Lamb that was slain, standing amid the four fantastic creatures

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ordination day of John Hergert

Joy in the Midst of Sadness

“God’s one and only job description is to turn death into life. That’s what God does with every new springtime, every new life, every new season, every new anything.” — Richard Rohr The words above stand in tension with my past few weeks, as I said to more than one friend “Death is my constant

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apples on branch

The Apple Tree

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

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older and young face reflections

“God Eyes”

“The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearances, but the LORD looks at the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7) Several

Read More »
Gothic arches

Forever

A number of years ago, something very good happened in my family. I told my teenage daughters “I will remember this day forever…..” and then

Read More »
prayer candles

Tears…(Again!!!)

“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own

Read More »
Memorial Day headstone

Re-Membering

Today, during a trip to the Wood River country where my family resided from the 1890’s through the 1950’s, with three of my cousins on

Read More »
man lamenting

Turn to Lament

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,that the mountains would tremble before you!As when fire sets twigs ablazeand causes water to boil,come

Read More »
pottery

Poured Out

“The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5) As I carefully

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