Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Longing for Cucumbers
In her sermon on Numbers 11:4-15, Talitha Arnold reflects on the Israelites' longing for home in the wilderness to remind us of our true home in heaven.
The Longing for Home
In this sermon illustration, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 is paired with an excerpt from Frederick Buechner's "The Longing for Home" to demonstrate that Christ's Kingdom exists within and among us.
Hymn Study: “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Dean McIntyre offers background and commentary on the beloved Christmas carol by Charles Wesley (1707-1788): "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus."
History of Hymns: “Early in the Morning”
Cynthia Wilson introduces the hymn "Early in the Morning" by Johnetta Johnson Page, based on Psalm 63:1. It speaks of the importance of acknowledging God first as one's day begins.
Longing for joy
Mike Poteet reflects on the nature of, and longing for, joy - in the context of Christmas traditions. Joy is distinguished from happiness in that it transcends circumstances.
Longing for God
This devotional on Psalm 84 describes how our longing for God grows from a feeling into a mature, disciplined form of life.
Longing for Home: A Service of Lessons and Carols
This service outline for Advent/Christmas points toward our longing for Christ and finding our home in him. The service uses lessons and carols format.
Yearning for Christ
This devotional on Mark 1:7-11 focuses on yearning for Christ--John the Baptist's yearning for Christ, our yearning for Christ, and our neighbour's yearning for Christ.
Longing for God
A prayer reflection that focuses on longing for God.
A Cup of Longing
A video featuring Becca Stevens, who meditates on Advent as a season of longing and even loneliness. Unrequited love, says Stevens, can be healthy, as Christian mystics affirm, because it draws us toward God.
Full Text Hymns on Longing
There is a longing in our hearts, O Lord©
Longing for GodPD
My Heart Is LongingPD
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Psalms of Exile, Lament & Longing
This highlights woodcut art created by Jyoti Sahi of India from the series, "Psalms of Exile, Lament and Longing." Each woodcut is paired with a related Bible verse and and a reflection from an Indian author.
History of Hymns: “Hear My Prayer, O God”
This offers background and commentary on the Carl P. Daw (b. 1944) hymn, “Hear My Prayer, O God.” Using the hymn tune HYMN CHANT, the text is based on Psalm 143.
Advent and the longing for home
Serving as chaplain at a memory care facility, a retired UMC bishop learns that the longing for home is an innate hunger that lies at the heart of Advent.
Longing for the Glory Days
Courtney Jacob talks about the early Church and how early Christians found encouragement to live for Jesus Christ. In Acts 2 and 2 Corinthians, take a look at how we can find encouragement in our community....
From Longing to Shalom
In Advent/Christmas we are longing for more. We are longing for the fulfillment that occurs in the life of Christ. And as a result of this longing we push towards living a counter-cultural life to help...
The Longing and the Love
"The Longing and the Love" is a prayer reflection for Father’s Day.
Prayer at the Table: Lament and Longing
This is a prayer of lament and longing at the celebration of the Lord’s Supper.
History of Hymns: “O Freedom” and “Freedom Is Coming”
Michael Hawn shares the history of two hymns: “Oh Freedom,” an African-American spiritual, and “Freedom Is Coming,” born from the apartheid struggle in South Africa, inviting readers to sing these songs in solidarity with the persecuted.