Untriumphantly: Joy in Simple Things

This third week of Advent is the week of Joy! In the days of Herod, King of Y’hudah, there was a cohen named Z’kharyah who belonged to the Aviyah division. His wife was a descendant of Aharon, and her name was Elisheva. Both of them were righteous before God, observing all the mitzvot and ordinances of Adonai blamelessly. But they had no children, …

Untriumphantly: Hope for Now and the Future

This first week of Advent is the week of Hope! This is the word that Yesha‘yahu the son of Amotz saw concerning Y’hudah and Yerushalayim:In the acharit-hayamimthe mountain of Adonai’s housewill be established as the most important mountain.It will be regarded more highly than the other hills,and all the Goyim will stream there.Many peoples will go and say,“Come, let’s …

Untriumphantly: Embracing the Ordinariness of the Season

Welcome to Advent. This Advent devotional is written for you, for me. It is a personal devotional for the season of Advent. Advent includes the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. Once Christmas arrives, we’re on to the 12 Days of Christmas—like the song. While I usually write family devotions, this one is intended to …