No matter how old we are, where we live, or what we believe - there are times in everyone's life that cause us to struggle. An it's in those times that we want nothing else but a word of hope and instead are so often surrounded by trite platitudes and false promises.
This is not that.
This small book was written to be something different: to uplift those who need it, to bring grace and love and light to the darkest times, and to be a voice of hope in the world where hope is often at a premium.
Read it yourself and be uplifted, or gift it to someone going through dark days.
We all need a little hope in difficult times. This is just a place to start.
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Natalia Terfa is a pastor at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. She is passionate about grace, yoga, and reading. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and daughter - the love of her life.
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Why everyone should have a go-to devotional in their reading pile:
I have a confession to make.
I don’t like devotionals.
Yeah. I said it.
This author of a devotional doesn’t like devotionals.
1.They make me feel so guilty
You know those daily devotionals you get on your own or as a gift that look so great and you imagine how amazing it is going to be to do them and you promise yourself you’ll get up early and everything? Yeah, until day 4 or 5 and then all your good intentions go out the window and somehow you feel worse about missing them instead of better and your unopened book mocks you every time you see it.
Admit it, you do this too. I know this isn’t just me.
2.The cheese factor is through the roof
Oh my goodness. Sometimes these devotionals can be so cheesy. Flowery language and fluffy nonsense throughout the whole thing. It’s too much to take in all that cheese right away in the morning. No, Jesus is not my boyfriend, and no going on a date with Jesus won’t solve my problems. Someone just needs to give me some straight talk about faith and life. Also, life isn’t always a garden of roses even when I have God in my life so you can just stop with the reminders that if I was faithful God would be to. Which brings me to number 3…
3.The theology is either beyond comprehension or totally suspect
God doesn’t make bad stuff happen. I’m not sure I can say that enough times. Sometimes life just sucks and that’s all there is to it. And you can’t make it better with a trite platitude or with complex theology. And honestly, good theology doesn’t make the crap of life go away either, but it helps make it not so horrible.
So if I don’t like devotionals, why would I write one, and why should people read it?
I think I’ve written a devotional that isn’t any of the above… you can read it when you need it, as you need it, by what you need it for, and I think the cheese is limited and theology good.
But more than that - I think having something you can pick up at the start of a day you are dreading or at the end of a really bad day is important. We all need an uplift now and again. This book gives it on days you need it most, and you can skip it if you’re doing alright.
Making good, true, honest words about God as a part of your reading list is important, because you never know when you’ll need it, but you’ll be glad you have it when you do.