Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together

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 with daily devotions.

many gifts

Naming Gifts

I’ve attended several workshops on identifying and naming the many and varied gifts that we see in others, especially volunteers or when think of making an ask of someone. The presenters always seem to make it look so easy! For example… Step 1: Need someone to help with youth? Find someone who loves caring for

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Our Personal Community of Saints

This week we heard the story of Jesus’ transfiguration, that moment on the mountain in which Peter, James, and John witness Jesus conferring with Elijah and Moses. I like to think of Moses and Elijah offering words of encouragement, words of hope and resilience to prepare Jesus for all that lies ahead. And I like

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Hope or Optimism?

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings,

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everyone is welcome

Those People

People from California get blamed for a lot of things in Idaho. Housing costs are rising because of people moving here from California. Traffic congestion is worse because of all the newcomers from California. Jobs are being taken by people from California. And the list goes on and on. If there is something wrong in

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Mercy floating hospital

“Mercy!”

Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people;once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.1 Peter 4:10 Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.Matthew 5:7 “Mercy!” An exclamation of surprise or fear. Mercy—a word that radiates compassion, grace, charity, forgiveness, humanity, tender-heartedness, kindness, liberality, or

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Revival tent

In Community with All the Saints

In the book of Hebrews, chapter 11 contains a catalog of people from the Old Testament who obeyed God because of their faith, the people we call saints. The list concludes, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so

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Luther Heights Bible Camp people

Everything I Know for Sure?

We are the star of our own personal movie called Life, but everything we know is not ours alone, for us alone, or discovered all alone. Everything I know is bound up in the people who make up the We, the Us, of my life. I know what I know because of who they are,

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Rest

I have found myself needing rest and enjoying rest in new ways. My body, mind and spirit are occasionally beyond tired—really weary. Sometimes I thankfully have moments, usually when I am in conversation with lay people or other Nampa community members, when I have a flurry of creativity and energy. But when I approach Thursday

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bible and plant at desk

Lenten Presence

Usually, Lent is my favorite season of the church calendar. I enjoy the weight of it. It’s a time where we embrace the sweeping grandeur of the Christian story. Lent feels like we are trying to embrace both the beginning and the end while holding space for all the messiness of the in between and

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river in March

Arrival of March

When I was growing up as a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin (“Tosa” to those in the know), I found the Psalms to be exceptionally boring. There was so much repetition from Psalm to Psalm; the language and topics were archaic; there were no good stories, only a bunch of little

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ice on trees

Seasons of Growth

Everything visible, without exception, is the outpouring of God. Fr. Richard Rohr, “The Universal Christ” This year, more than most, I feel closer to nature and the changing seasons. It was just about a year ago, at the beginning of the pandemic, I started my long daily walks. It was also the beginning of spring

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Plus

The sign says “Ashes on the Go”. There is snow on the lawn. The sun is shining. The thermometer says 38 degrees, but it feels

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learning to ride a bike

For the Joy of the Ride

Do you remember the day that you learned to ride a bicycle? Maybe it was not just one day, but several. Do you remember who

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welcome matt

All are Welcome

All are Welcome ”Let us build a house where love can dwell And all can safely live, A place where saints and children tell How

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a neighborhood

My Neighborhood

During this past year of covid-19, our concept of who our neighbor is has undergone some interesting challenges. For some, it may seem like they

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cubs fighting

Two Polar Bear Cubs

I went through the archive of what I have written for these devotions since they began so many months ago. I looked back because I

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Little free pantry

Being a neighbor

This past year has taught us a lot about how to be in community with those around us in new and different ways. And at

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neighbors sharing

Be My Neighbor

Before I was old enough to attend kindergarten, I remember listening and watching the Mr. Rogers show on television. I was not allowed to watch

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