Photography by Jerry Sargent
The featured image, “Mist on the Pedernales,” was selected by 14th Annual Naturescapes Exhibition. It was also selected as the grand prize winner of the Hill Country Alliance 2018 Photo Contest and will be featured in their 2019 calendar.
How These Confessions Started
I think of these devotions as confessing devotionals. They contain my free-flowing thoughts, mostly about improvements I need to make in my life.
Those are the thoughts that passed through my mind as I read individual words and phrases in Revelation chapters 2 and 3.
Since I don’t intend to explain the meaning of the text, they are not in any way a commentary. I know they have helped me to be a better Christian. Maybe some of them can help you.
Each confession has four parts:
- The title, which hopefully relates to the idea of that particular devotional
- The verse with bold highlights marking the word or phrase that began my mental wanderings
- A quote from an author that also points in the same basic direction
- Finally, the devotional itself
These confessing devotionals arise out of these three quotes:
- “If you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” Jesus, John 8:31, (approx. A. D. 30)
- “Our perfection certainly consists in knowing God and ourselves.” Angela of Foligno, Memoraile, (approx. A. D. 1300)
- “We must not be disturbed at our imperfections, since for us, perfection consists in fighting against them. How can we fight against them unless we see them, or overcome them unless we face them?” Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life, (A.D. 1619)
Dave ‘Tud’ Nance