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 – Monday and Friday

Outreach Ministry – Wednesday

sprout breaking through

Hope Arising…

“… (Jesus) passed through the midst of them and went on his way.” Luke 4:30 In recent months I’ve had the occasion to interact with persons in our health care system—from the persons who greet me when I check in for an appointment to the those who care for me in the hospital and examination

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snow in backyard

Breathe! And Be!

We are currently in the midst of the winter season. Earth itself gives us an opportunity to experience and learn from her wisdom. In this season, life itself slows down. The animals react by conserving their energy and some even hibernate through this cold and desolate time of year. It was snowing so hard that

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dry cracking land

Perspective

I was not much of a sleuth as a child. I must have been 7 years old before I solved “the mystery of the macaroni and cheese”. Periodically, we were treated to four or five consecutive mac and cheese dinners. It wasn’t until I paired that information with the calendar that I figured it out.

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scrolls of the Law

Ezra Reads the Law

Are you tired of wearing a mask and reminders to get vaccinated? Do you wish things were the way they used to be? I know I do. We are chafing under the restrictions laid upon us. Imagine if these restrictions lasted 70 years! That is what happened to the Israelites when they were carried off

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water and hand towel

An Invitation

“After he had washed their feet, and put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them: Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for that is who I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed

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I have the same dream

Love As a Verb

As we honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. I am first drawn to the words from Saint Francis of Assisi… Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there

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writing and holding a coffee cup

Write it Out

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,your faithfulness to the skies.Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,your justice like the great deep.You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.They feast on the abundance of your house;you give them drink from your

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ingredients with blender for smoothie

Game Day Smoothie

Author’s notes:In their record 9th FCS National Championship victory this past weekend, NDSU Bison head football coach Matt Entz talked about the servant leadership mindset of the team that has enabled them to support each other through a long challenging season. Doing what you love can be a struggle and sustaining all at the same

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baptism of Jesus in stained glass

“This is my Beloved…”

“And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.’”(Luke 3:22) Yesterday, we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, putting a punctuation mark at the end of the Christmas season. My favorite daily app, “Pray-As-You-Go” offered some good food for thought based on the full reading from Luke

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light in darkness

Light in Darkness

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. Isaiah 9:2 The house I moved into in 2011 has great closets. I do not consider myself a hoarder, but those closets have filled up over the years. They filled

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woman lighting candle over child's shoulder

This Happened 12/24/21

The night was cold, the hour was late, and they were all tired. But, they came anyway. There was a sacredness in this gathering of intentional worshippers. Though few, they came together for this beautiful Christmas Eve service. Celebrated in the reading of the Word was the gentle birth of the Christ Child. And, the

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new year celebration sparklers and champaign

New Year’s Eve – 2022

It’s the eve of the New Year, 2022! The celebrations held toward the end of the year – Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or Winter Solstice are giving way to a new year. New years are generally times of promise and new beginnings. Very often, people make new year’s promises to themselves and others,known as “resolutions” –

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planner

Planning for the New Year

Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.  Matthew 6:30, KJV I quoted the King James Version of this famous saying of Jesus because it is the one I grew up with.  My mother often referred to

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Christmas Eve video devotion

God Breaks In

Open this post to watch a Christmas video message by Keith Hammer and his grandchildren

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badge that says Comfort My People

Comfort My People

“Comfort, yes, comfort my people!” says your God. “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the LORD’s hand double for all her sins.” The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the LORD; make

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a different perspective

Beginnings

“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began

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footprints over large sand dune

In the Desert

“I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to

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A mother and daughter reach out to each other through a glass window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. The Seattle-area long-term care facility became ground zero for the West Coast's coronavirus outbreak.

Jesus Accepts the Cross

Station Two – A mother and daughter reach out to each other through a glass window. That perches in the soul – Emily Dickinson Holy

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Congo service

Lenten Devotions

On Ash Wednesday and then each Tuesday and Thursday through the weeks of Lent, we will feature Liturgical Artist Mary Button’s Stations of the Cross: Pandemic Hope. You can learn more about Mary here.  You can learn more about Stations of the Cross here or through your own internet search.

For those who receive devotions by email, please be sure to fully open the post on TVPrays.org to view the meditative art.

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cross in the sand

From Light into Lent

Two days from now, the festive feast days of Epiphany will give way to the somber season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. We

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Lindemann Family

Roots

Author’s Notes:This newsletter article was originally published in late July 2021 after returning from a trip to visit family in the Midwest. Reading it again

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