I thought my Christmas cactus was dead, but it bloomed unexpectedly. My Christmas cactus became an Easter cactus! Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.John 20:18, NIV I thought my cactus was dead-- but I was mistaken. Good… Continue reading What can a cactus teach us about the resurrection? The Christmas-Easter Cactus (His Encouragement)
Did you know that Mary Magdalene was one of the first people to preach about the resurrection? Her story inspires me. Scripture: Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her. John 20:18, NIVJohn 20:18, NIV Image shows a person… Continue reading Fun Facts About Women of the Bible (His Encouragement)
Most Methodists are unaware of the role these women played in the development of the movement and of the debt we owe them. I hope that clergy and laity, female and male, will read the book and learn from as well as learn about them. They are wonderful companions for the spiritual journey, and their deep wisdom and faithful example will enrich and enliven our own faith while also giving us a fuller picture of what Methodism was like in its earliest years.
Amazon Author Page: Rev. Rebecca L. Holland My name is Rev. Rebecca L. Holland. I am a visually impaired pastor and author. I would just like to take a moment to share my recent joy with you, as well as some words of encouragement. Image shows Rev. Rebecca at the pulpit. Her right eye is covered… Continue reading Eye Patched & Proud: Hope for the Broken is Now Available from Touch Point Press
Introduction: This is a prayer of confession for Ash Wednesday. It is inspired by the suggested scripture readings from the Revised Common Lectionary for Year B. Please feel free to use this prayer or adapt it for use in your own church or worship setting. My goal in writing this litany was to take my… Continue reading Prayer of Confession for Ash Wednesday
This post is part of a weekly series entitled "His Encouragement." Each Thursday, some fellow Christian blogging friends and I share the scripture verses that are encouraging us as we journey through the week together. “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand for ever.” Isaiah 40:8 Image shows… Continue reading I got a typewriter! Typewriters and Faith (His Encouragement)
The cover of the book shows a purple flower blooming from the cracked earth. My name is Rev. Rebecca L. Holland I am an ordained elder in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. I serve as the solo pastor of two small churches in rural Pennsylvania. As a person who is visually impaired,… Continue reading Hope for the Broken: Using Writing to Find God’s Grace is a number one new release in Methodism on Amazon
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The ancient Roman philosophers taught us to remember that we will all experience death. Christ offers us the hope that death is not the end.
Rebecca was born with a complicated eye condition that caused her to be visually impaired. As a young person, her deepest wish was to become a music teacher and share the joy of music with children; however, systemic ableism at the university level prevented her from achieving this goal. She mourned for the loss of her dream, and then she started taking her writing seriously. Telling her story has helped her to reshape her personal narrative and to take back her power. She hopes to share what she has learned with others during this session. We all have a story to tell, and the world needs your story! Our stories shape the world, and together we can make big changes, one story at a time.