Faith: A to Z

Dear Faithful Readers,

As I said yesterday, today we begin a fresh year of The Mustard Seed Daily Devotional posts.

We have spent the last year together, working our way through the scriptures by “genre.”

Now, we begin another walk – this time by theme.

But where to begin?

Well, how about our own alphabet?

With today’s upcoming post – we begin an exploration of life topics and themes – one word at a time – in alphabetical order.  That means that every 26 days we will have worked our way through the alphabet, and we’ll start over again.

So today – we’ll start with A – which stands for ABUNDANCE.

Why not just pick words at random?

To protect you, dear readers, from having to read, over and over again, my own pet musings about my own favorite topics.

So, let’s get started.  There’s a whole dictionary to explore out there – and a whole world of faith.

I hope you enjoy the trip.

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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