Advent Reflections

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Pastor Chris Enstad: Human beings are not built for waiting. All of the parts that God has knit together into our bodies speak of movement and searching and doing, doing, doing. It is little surprise, then, that God needs to...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Sherri Swartz: I don't feel like writing a devotion. I'm not sure I even want to rejoice. I know I don't want to pretend I'm rejoicing. And I certainly don't want to add another "should" to my life and...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Eva Perez: In this world without live theatre, Verona Area Community Theatre offered an opportunity for a virtual play. So, naturally, I auditioned. I wasn’t expecting to get anything out of it. I expected a dumb little thing to...

Each Sunday we share, in place of our story, a portion of the 40th chapter of Isaiah. The people of Israel knew something about collective weariness. In this chapter Isaiah speaks to them tenderly, hopefully, and expectantly. There are some prompts to help you read this...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Diane Kohrs: Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there, doing business and making money.” Yet you do not even know what tomorrow will...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Brittany Ballweg: Weariness has taken on new meaning during this time as Brittany and Kyle Ballweg, GS members, watch Kyle’s cousin’s family experience something we hope no one ever has to. Kelsey, who is also a co-worker in...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Robin Kerl: I would like to start out my devotional with this Bible verse from 2nd Corinthians 4:8-12. It reads “we are hard pressed on every side but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, stuck down, but...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Sarah Iverson: At least one week of my life for the past 10 years has consisted of an experience something like this. 12 hours riding on a bus, 5 days of leading 50 kids around a city, subsisting...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Kristi Jones: The pandemic has brought weariness. Weariness of methodically planning grocery store trips, of being on Zoom all day, of hearing the news, of worrying about this scary virus with many unknowns. It seems like all of us are pandemic-weary.  Amidst...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Max Seeland: During the past year has anxiety been an emotion anyone has experienced? Does going back to a normal everyday routine sound good? I would venture a guess it would be agreeable to most of us.  But what if the...

Each Sunday we share, in place of our story, a portion of the 40th chapter of Isaiah. The people of Israel knew something about collective weariness. In this chapter Isaiah speaks to them tenderly, hopefully, and expectantly. There are some prompts to help you read this...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Judy Liliensiek: Weariness to joy brings to mind the Bible verse Psalm 30:1-5 “Weeping may tarry for the night but joy comes in morning.” I think of the birth of my children and the time before, during and...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Rick Thomas: My mother died on Thanksgiving Day 2002 after a long struggle with brain cancer. The entire fall leading up to her death, I was becoming increasingly weary as I knew the inevitable was approaching. Everything seemed more difficult. I...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Ryan Panzer: In 2010, the Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten Championship and earned a trip to the Rose Bowl. As a member of the UW Marching Band, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to travel to Pasadena,...

Today’s A Weary World Rejoices story comes from Robyn Zimmerman: Worst Year Ever.  That phrase pretty much sums up my year in 2020. Everywhere you look you can hear people saying the same thing. “I can’t wait until this year is over!” “I’m so done with this pandemic!”...