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.
Together, we are reimagining and revisiting what it is to be church together.

Devotions – Monday and Friday

Topical Reflection – Wednesday

peaceful lake

All the Days of My Life

I’m struggling to find words to encapsulate all the thoughts and feelings I’ve had this week in a way that makes sense for a devotion. The world is overwhelming. There is so much outside of me that leaves me bewildered and exhausted. On top of that, there is just as much going on inside of

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Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University

In Thy Light We See Light

For with you is the fountain of life;in your light we see light.(Psalm 36:9) The Psalm for today from the Revised Common Lectionary is Psalm 36. The second half of verse 9, “in thy light we see light” is the motto of my alma matter, Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana. This phrase is prominent throughout

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scorching heat

Scorching Heat

On one of the hot days we’ve endured this summer, I suddenly pictured Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness, unprotected from the scorching heat. Ishmael was Abraham’s (then Abram) first son. When Sarah (then Sarai) despaired of bearing a child, she gave Hagar, her Egyptian slave, to Abram, hoping that Hagar would be able to

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rocks

Becoming Truth-Tellers

“What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.” Ephesians 4:25 Taking in the extravagant love of Christ changes us. God loves every

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aspens

Seek Silence

In his book Money Enough, author Douglas Hicks references 1 Kings 19, the familiar story of the prophet Elijah, harassed by Queen Jezebel and her thugs, who flees to the wilderness wanting to give up and die. While there he is visited by an angel who gives him food and water. The angel sends him

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helping others

How Can I Help?

Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking

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children at peace camp

Peacemaking

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord

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man and woman shaking hands

Signs of Kindness

…add to your goodness, knowledge; to your knowledge, add self-control;to your self-control, add endurance; to your endurance, add godliness; toyour godliness, add kindness and to your kindness add love…”2 peter 1:5 Kindness is a gift that means a lot to people. When someone does a kind thing for us, we usually feel touched and grateful.

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Food

Food/Life for Everyone!

Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. When they were satisfied, he told his disciples, “Gather up the fragments left over, so that nothing may be lost.” So they gathered them up, and from

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river of doves

Fluttering of Paper Wings

This past week I was in Washington, DC, where we had lived for over 31 years. I visited friends, attended a lovely retirement party for my former boss, and drove through the old neighborhood. The one thing I did not do was go downtown to the National Gallery of Art (NGA), or more precisely, its

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little girl with dog praying

What happens when we pray?

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”(Matthew 7:7) But. What about when it doesn’t seem to work? As

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road to unknown

In it for the Long Game

Like several congregations in our cluster, my congregation of Immanuel Lutheran is about to start the process of calling a new pastor. I serve on the Mission and Life Committee which has the task of creating a current picture of our congregation as well as a vision of who we might become—who God is calling

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sunset over water

The Spiritual Blessing in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children

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reading a story to a child

A Story to Tell

The stories we tell about ourselves and others matter. The stories we tell about our God matter. Stories are how we build relationships and cultivate faith. Throughout the Old Testament, we see the people of God being instructed to remember how God has engaged them. Sometimes they are called to remember by creating festivals and

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Please Fill Out Survey for Future of TVPrays.org

Beginning in March 2020 and continuing until the present time, the Treasure Valley Cluster of ELCA congregations has sponsored a website we call TVPrays.org.  We are thankful to Lin Carlson who has served as our volunteer Web Master and Designer and Keith Hammer who has been the volunteer scheduler for the Daily Devotions.  As we

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child at grocery store

Love God. Love others.

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:  “Teacher,

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first day of school bus

Give Yourself Away

“When you take something you possess—your bread and power, your abilities and identities, your comfort and control, your treasured structures and even life itself—and release

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man scrolling his phone

Swimming Lessons

Come gather’ round wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown, accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone.

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giving with both hands

Giving With Both Hands

The texts assigned for this coming Sunday, Mark 7: 1-13 and Ephesians 5: 22-33, can be subject matter for any number of discussions individually. I

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peaceful lake

All the Days of My Life

I’m struggling to find words to encapsulate all the thoughts and feelings I’ve had this week in a way that makes sense for a devotion.

Read More »
Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University

In Thy Light We See Light

For with you is the fountain of life;in your light we see light.(Psalm 36:9) The Psalm for today from the Revised Common Lectionary is Psalm

Read More »
scorching heat

Scorching Heat

On one of the hot days we’ve endured this summer, I suddenly pictured Hagar and Ishmael in the wilderness, unprotected from the scorching heat. Ishmael

Read More »
rocks

Becoming Truth-Tellers

“What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected

Read More »
aspens

Seek Silence

In his book Money Enough, author Douglas Hicks references 1 Kings 19, the familiar story of the prophet Elijah, harassed by Queen Jezebel and her

Read More »