Posts by Caleigh McGilchrist

An Exact Imprint

DAILY READING Psalm 89:1-4 Hebrews 1:1-4 FIELD NOTES When I was in college, I had a professor whose office displayed beautiful artwork framed in simple wooden frames. When I had occasion to visit her I often admired the tall, gold-leaf designs which I later found out were rubbings from brass monuments on gravestones.  The intriguing…

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If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen

DAILY READING Psalm 125 Malachi 3:16-4:4 FIELD NOTES Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament and bridges the Old Testament and the New Testament with its announcement of the coming “Day of the Lord” and the arrival of the prophet Elijah before that day arrives. (Malachi 4:5). Many believe that John the Baptist…

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Picking Up the Mantle

DAILY READING Psalm 125 2 Kings 2:9-22 FIELD NOTES Have you ever heard the saying that someone was “picking up the mantle” from someone else — meaning they were assuming that person’s role and responsibilities? Today’s reading gives us the origin of that common English idiom in the story of Elijah, and his apprentice, Elisha.…

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Put on God’s Armor

DAILY READING Psalm 125 Ephesians 6:10-17 FIELD NOTES When my children left to go to college and were no longer safe and sound in our family home, I prayed this scripture passage every day for them. I imagined that they were putting on each piece of the armor that Paul describes in this passage —…

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Invisible Footprints

DAILY READING Psalm 77 FIELD NOTES Pain always seems worst in the middle of the night — when the house is silent; when darkness shrouds our vision and the outside world seems to have disappeared; when we feel alone — so very alone. It’s during the middle of the night, when sleep escapes us and…

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It Matters

DAILY READING Psalm 22:23-31 Mark 8:27-30 FIELD NOTES As today’s text opens, Jesus and his disciples are walking along the path to visit several villages around the pagan city Caesarea Philippi. Out of the blue, Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” That was an easy question for the disciples to…

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Hand Me Down Faith

DAILY READING Psalm 22:23-31 FIELD NOTES My mother-in-law was a talented seamstress. She began sewing at an early age, and by the time she had her first child, she was proficient at French hand sewing. For her daughter’s baptism she stitched a white cotton batiste gown with pin tucks, delicate lace, and intricate smocking.  Through…

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Starry, Starry Night

DAILY READING Psalm 22:23-31 Genesis 15:1-6, 12-18 FIELD NOTES Several years ago my husband and I vacationed in Maine. One cold, clear evening we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to look at the stars. From the pinnacle of the mountain we had a 360-degree view of the inky black…

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Wishes

DAILY READING Psalm 77 Proverbs 30:1-9 FIELD NOTES Do you remember fairy tales in which the main character would be granted “three wishes” by a genie and she would agonize over which wishes she should choose? It makes us think, if we had three wishes, what would WE choose? The wealth of Bill Gates? The…

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